Srinagar, Mar 21: Hundreds of semi-skilled daily-wagers from Kashmir province are anguished over alleged non-implementation of wage hike otherwise already implemented for their Jammu-based fellows three months before.
A delegation of the aggrieved daily-wagers told that there are four categories of daily-wagers viz. Semi-skilled, Skilled, Highly skilled, Ministerial Staff, who get wages as per their skills’. After years of wait, the authorities gave its nod to hike the wages, but to our ill-fate we are yet to see any respite as we are still being denied the increments due to sheer callous approach of the higher-ups.
“While the ULBs in Jammu implemented the orders three months before, the authorities concerned entrusted for its implementation have maintained a callous approach on uncalled reasons”, they said adding of the four categories only one (Skilled) category is receiving the hiked wages while the other categories continue to suffer.
“We have from time to time met the higher-ups and discussed the issue threadbare with them, but each time we are being let down by them with complete disdain”, they said adding, “Despite the same Municipal Act (2000) applicable to both divisions of Jammu and Kashmir, we fail to understand as to why the authorities in Kashmir are resorting to a step-motherly approach towards us that too express orders of its implementation from the Government.
Meanwhile, despite many attempts to reach the authorities, they in turn either declined the calls or excused themselves to comment on one pretext or the other. (GNS)