Tarigami flays disengagement of ICDS helpers, urges LG, CS to revoke decision
Srinagar: CPI-M leader M Y Tarigami Saturday flayed the decision of Jammu and Kashmir administration to disengage 918 helpers to supervisors in Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme of Social Welfare Department, and appealed the Lieutenant Governor and Chief Secretary to reconsider this decision.
It is unfortunate that instead of providing employment, administration is even snatching the livelihood of those who have been serving the government for years together, CPI-M leader said.
In a statement here, Tarigami said these helpers were earning their livelihoods by working hard in the department and making the government schemes successful. “They have been at the forefront of the government’s fight against Covid-19 pandemic for the last one-and-half years and there is no genuine reason to disengage them,” he said.
Tarigami said at a time when unemployment levels are rising in Jammu and Kashmir “as educated youth struggle with neglect and lack of job-creation policy, such a decision to render those jobless, who were already in employment, can prove disastrous.”
He said the BJP government had claimed that Article 370 was an impediment to J&K’s development and its abrogation will bring investment, jobs and prosperity to the region. “The reality is different on ground from what was being said by the government,” he said.
“After the August 2019 clampdown, the economy of J&K has virtually collapsed as tourism, trade and other vital sectors have been badly hit and whole businesses have shattered,” Tarigami said, while regretting that those who were already earning their livelihood are being deprived of it.
Thousands of casual labourers, need-based daily-wagers, scheme workers and others were without wages for months together, he pointed out.
“I urge J&K LG Manoj Sinha-ji and Chief Secretary Arun Mehta-ji to look into the disengagement issue of these helpers with sympathetic consideration and ask the concerned department not to go ahead with it,” Tarigami said.