Srinagar, Jun 8: The lockdown of Public Health Engineering (PHE) division across the Valley continued for the second consecutive day on Friday as the Casual labourers, need base workers and daily wagers of Public Health Engineering (PHE) department continued their strike to protest against the department for failing to release their monthly honorarium from past 18 months.
Following the call given by Kashmir Public Health Engineering Joint Employees Association (PHEJEA), the PHE divisions across the Valley continued to remain locked for the 2nd straight day here by the protesting employees to press for their demands ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The protesting employees also assembled at Srinagar’s Press enclave and staged candle light protest to press for their demands.
The protesters headed by PHEJEA President, Sajad Ahmad Parray said that they were once again forced by the government to hit streets to press for their demands. “We don’t want to let the people suffer in the sacred month of Ramadhan but the government has utterly failed to release our wages from past 18 years, thus forcing the association to hit the streets,” Parray said.
“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 threatened to start agitation in case demands of protesting employees are not fulfilled till Saturday. He said that the Finance department has released the amount for the employees but the concerned Minister is playing delaying tactics to release the pending monthly honorarium of the protesting employees.
“There are quite apprehensions that the department may transfer the amount towards Jammu,” he said, adding that the delay in releasing their monthly honorarium has resulted in immense hardships to their families. (KNS)