Tarigami condemns police action against daily-wagers

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Srinagar: Strongly condemning the police action against government employees who tried to march towards the Civil Secretariat here to protest in support of their demand for regularisation of their services.

In a statement issued, Tarigami expressed concern over the way protesting employees are dealt with in Kashmir. “Use of batons, water cannons and tear smoke shells against the employees is most strongly condemnable.  Dozens of employees who have been detained by police should be immediately released,” the CPI (M) leader demanded.

He observed that by brow beating and use of excessive force the government is only complicating the grievances of its employees. 

“It is ironical that almost all problems in Kashmir are being tackled by the use of force. The PHE, Tourism, PDD employees, daily wagers and casual labourers who are putting in their blood and sweat to make the government progarmmes a success are being humiliated to the hilt,” Tarigami remarked.  

Taking a strong exception to the government’s lackadaisical approach towards pending wages of casual labourers, salaries of employees working under SSA and RMSA Tarigami observed that it seems the present government like the previous dispensation believes in making deceptive commitments to buy time and avoid the crisis.  

He called for immediate regularization of all those daily wagers, casual labourers and other contractual employees, who have completed seven years of service in PHE, PDD and other engineering departments as per the norms in vogue. “It is appalling that the government is far from fulfilling its commitment with these daily wagers. The administrative apathy towards their genuine issues is against the canons of justice and fair play.”

Tarigami added that the police action on the behest of the government is the worst example of repression. “How long you will suppress and repress the poor people and even will not allow them to stage a peaceful protest. This government has lost its head and if it continues to do so it will surely perish,” he said.

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