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Withholding wages, salaries of contractual, daily wager, seasonal employees grave injustice: NC

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Saturday expressed concern over withholding of wages of nearly 65,000 daily wagers, casual and seasonal workers working in various departments describing it ‘a grave injustice’ during pandemic.

Drawing the attention of the ruling regime towards the plight of daily wagers, casuals and seasonal employees, party’s Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar in a statement said that that Eid ul Azha is approaching and that thousands of employees who are working tirelessly on ground combating the COVID-19 crises are without salaries and wages.

“These workers are already suffering from pay incongruity. The unfortunate lot gets diminutive remuneration for their toil even that paltry amount is not paid to them on time; in some departments such employees have been without salaries for around a year now. The unfortunate lot is feeling abandoned by the government. It has become really hard for them to survive as most them have no other financial source to bank on. Most of these casual need-based, seasonal and daily wagers are frontline workers. It’s a shame that they are being neglected like this,” he said.

While highlighting the issue of denying minimum wages to such need based, contractual, daily wagers, Imran said, “Thousands of daily wagers, contractual, need based, and seasonal employees working in various departments have been running from pillar to post to have their issues redressed. Every time they are being served hollow promises which unfortunately are never implemented. These employees are undergoing penury and are finding it difficult to meet the expenses of their households, and education of their children. Most of these employees are debt ridden and cash strapped.”

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