Regularise daily wagers, implement Minimum Wages Act: Som Nath

Excelsior Correspondent
UDHAMPUR, July 2: Jal Shakti (PHE) Employees and Workers Association president for Udhampur unit and vice president Panthers Trade Union , J&K, Som Nath today demanded implementation of Minimum Wages Act and regularization of all type of daily rated workers of the PHE department.
In a meeting of the Association held here today under the chairmanship of Som Nath, the members strongly criticised the higher authorities in the UT Administration for not addressing the genuine and justified demands of the daily wagers/ temporary workers. They alleged that these workers performed their duty during hard times of Covid as front line workers but they are being deprived of the much needed facilities. They are not being opaid their pending wages of nearly 60 monthsd.
Addressing members, Som Nath strongly demanded release of pending wages of the PHE workers, provide them regular wages, lift ban on appointment of field staff on new water supply schemes, release pending DA of two years in favour of employees and pensioners and implement Minimum Wages Act on the pattern of Cental Government.
Som Nath alleged that despite representations to senior officers, bureaucrats and the Advisors, the authorities failed to clear the wages of the workers, who are performing their duties at their respective water stations. They are facing worst kind of exploitation at the hands of the Government. No Human Rights body has even bothered to listen to the plight of these `bonded labourers’ in the PHE department, he said.
The NPP Trade Union leader further demanded regularization of CP/ ITI and Land case workers of PHE, remove shortage of staff at water stations and other PHE offices, clear pending SRO-43 cases, conduct DPC at Divisional and Provincial level and change the designation of the employees as per their nature of work.
He strongly condemned the approach of the UT Government towards the workers/ employees for making false and hollow promises every time and befool them. He appealed all the unions to come on one platform and launch decisive struggle for the cause.
Senior trade union leaders – Vijay Kumar, Dinesh Kesar, Amit Dubey, Sham Lal, Prem Chand, Laxman Singh, Makhan Chand, Karan Singh, Kishore Kumar, Tara Chand, Omkar Singh and others also spoke in the meeting.