Srinagar, Jun 7: The Casual labourers, need base workers and daily wagers of Public Health Engineering (PHE) department Thursday begun the three-day long strike to protest against the department for failing to release their monthly honorarium from past 18 months.
All the PHE divisions across the Valley were lockdown by the protesting employees today to press for their demands ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The lockdown and strike call was given by Kashmir Public Health Engineering Joint Employees Association (PHEJEA).
President of the association, Sajad Ahmad Parray while talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS) said that they were once again forced by the government to hit streets to press for their demands.
“We are not getting our monthly honorarium from past 18 months. The government is pushing hundreds of casual labourers, need base workers and daily rated employees to face hardships,” Parray said, adding that the Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated in Kashmir and the department is turning their eye blind towards the hardships being faced by the employees as they are playing delaying tactics to release their monthly honorarium.
Parray said that the three-day long strike has begun commenced today and in case the government will not fulfill their demands till Saturday then the future protest programme will be announced on Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, sources in the PHE department divulged that the Finance department has released the amount for the employees but the department is playing delaying tactics to release the pending monthly honorarium of the protesting employees.
They said that there are quite apprehensions that the department may transfer the amount towards Jammu, therefore an unnecessary delay is occurring over the release of pending monthly honorarium.
The protesting employee said that the delay in releasing their monthly honorarium has resulted in immense hardships to their families. “We are not able to buy medicines for those who are ill in our family. We are unable to pay the monthly school and tuition fees of our wards. Despite serving the department honestly and with dedication, the government is not entertaining our demands and is forcing us to face trouble even ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr,” Parray said. (KNS)