Contingent Paid Workers stage protest, demand implementation of wage rules

Srinagar, Oct 6: All Jammu and Kashmir Contingent Paid Workers, Land Donors Cook-Cum Helpers Union Of Education Department on Friday staged a protest demonstration in Srinagar demanding implementation of rules for their wages as per the Labour Rate Act of the Jammu and Kashmir.
Scores of protesters from various districts of Kashmir Valley assembled in Partap Park Srinagar and later marched towards Press Enclave in Srinagar, shouted slogans against the government for not fulfilling their “genuine” demands.
The protesters said that they have been working in the Education Department for the last 25 years and the government is “neglecting our genuine demands”.
Score of protesters from various districts of Kashmir valley had assembled in Pratap Park. They raised slogans against the Education Department for not releasing their wages.
“We have been working in the education department from last 15 years. We are demanding the government to regularise us and release our wages,” said one of the protesters, Amir Bashir.
He said “We did not want to hit the roads, but due to attitude of government towards us, we have only left with protest option.”
“In the year 2008, the Education department framed an SRO 308 in which 50% Quota promotions were reserved for Contingent paid workers. In the year 2011 administration Department of School education issued an order under no. edu -1/277/2009 for minimum wages for the CPWs. But the order has not been implemented till date,” said Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, one of the Contingent Paid Workers of Kupwara district.
On regularisation, the workers shall be designated as Government Services Assistants (GSA). Once the workers are regularised, they will be entitled to all the financial and service benefits including annual increment, a pension under NPS, leave and medical reimbursement, periodical hike in remuneration akin to pay commission, maintenance of service records and will be covered under work, conduct and discipline rules, including retirement.
For regularisation, it’s important for the prospective workers to be a state subject of J&K, possessing the minimum educational qualification of 8th standard or above, and on the date of their initial engagement, their age should be within the minimum/maximum age limit as prescribed for the appointments in the government service.
The protesters threatened to go on hunger strike and lock down all schools in the State in case their demands are not fulfilled within a weeks time. (PTK)