Railway workers still treated as bonded labourers: Sena

Shiv Sena leaders with Railway project workers at village Khanikot in Reasi district.
Shiv Sena leaders with Railway project workers at village Khanikot in Reasi district.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 13: Workers of some railway projects running in district Reasi are working like bonded labourers, said president Shiv Sena Manish Sahni.
Leaders of Shiv Sena, Bala Sahib Thackeray J&K under the leadership of Manish Sahni visited village Khanikot in district Reasi and met the skilled and unskilled employees working in the ongoing Railway Project and heard their problems. Sahni said that he was very surprised that even today, forcible work is being done like bonded laborers by them. Sahni said that about 300 employees who met him narrated their tale of woes that with the connivance of the administration an atmosphere of terror has been created and they were intimidated. They are being asked to do forcible work for 12–14 hours without giving overtime, not even a single holiday is given in the week and the process of bullying the voices and showing the way out begins.
These people said that the complete information about the injustice done to them was given to the ADC, Reasi and police administration but the administration also did not succeed in putting pressure on the company. Sahni said that the former Sarpanch of the area, Hukam Singh, said that the poor and helpless people of the area have not been given compensation. Sahni said that he also listened the mobile recording in which some high officials of the company threatened to intimidate a worker for joining the Union. Sahni assured the people present on the occasion that he will take up their issue with high officials of police and administration for completely stopping this injustice and terror. On this occasion many joined the hands with Shiv Sena.
General Secretary, Vikas Bakshi, vice president, Surjeet Singh, secretary, Raj Singh, president Reasi Bhuri Singh, Prabhari Mangu Ram , Shaptan Singh, Raju Salaria and Pawan Singh were present in this occasion.