Fisheries employees accuse Director of discrimi-nation

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Srinagar:  Employees of Fisheries Department Monday alleged that Director of the Department has been pur-suing anti-Kashmir employees agenda and the fellow is acting as a collaborator in perpetuating discrimination with Kashmir.

A delegation of employees alleged that Director Fishe-ries Rajesh Kumar Dogra has slowly and steadily started disempowering Kashmiri employees by edging them out in department’s developmental schemes. “The Director is doing grave injustice towards the Kashmiri people and recently he adjusted 70 percent people from Jammu in Class IV recruitment list,” the delegation said adding that the Director has also tampered in the seniority list and has placed employees from Jammu on top of the list.

The employees further alleged for the procurement of seeds the Director Fisheries allotted a contract to Jammu based Langar Corporation without issuing tenders. “We are witness to the fact that the seeds supplied by this Corporation are substandard,” they said. They further said that all but 60 per cent of Kashmiri youth who had set up fishery farms have closed their business after the department started supplying them sub-standard seed ingredients,” they said adding that due to wrong and dis-criminated policies of the Director, the revenue of the department has drastically come down from 90 percent to 10 percent.

“When the previous government directed all the heads of different departments to prepare a list of total number of daily-rated workers, the said Director entered the names of some 70 youth from Jammu who were remote-ly associated with the department while ignored those from Kashmir, who were serving the department on dai-ly-basis.

The employees said that due to callous and biased approach of the Director towards Kashmir, the well-known fishery farms in Narbal, Kupwara and other places have lost sheen and have become defunct while in Trout Feed Mill located at Mansbal, that is sole Mill in India the Director has employed non-technical staff, a move that is aimed at the destruction of the Trout Feed Mill.

The employees alleged that the ‘biased’ Director is hell bent to wipe out the fishery farming from Kashmir while in Jammu.

Refuting all the allegations, the Director Fisheries Ra-jesh Kumar Dogra said that there are some disgruntled elements which want to defame him. “Everything is in proper order and there is no question of discrimination. Supplies are procured through proper tendering and seeds are above standard,” he said. 

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