ASI office shifted to Jammu permanently, employees stage demos

Srinagar: The daily wagers working under Archeological department today held a protest demonstration here stating that  despite rendering  their service as watch and ward across monuments of Kashmir valley on daily wagers basis for the last 26 years, they still await regularisation.

“We have completed the pre-requisite period 240 required for the regularization under central government service rules so many times but our service have not been regularized and thus are receiving a step motherly treatment, as daily wagers working across other of the country have been regularized since,” they said.

Detailed about their demands they said that many of them have crossed the age bar but the department is least bothered. “That all of us are extremely poor and have no source of income to manage the daily sustenance of our insolvent families. Honestly stating that our families resort to timely starvation and live a miserable life. This is because the present wages fall too meager to make both ends meet,” they said.

The protesting employees said that although a seniority list of that time stands framed with the department and even three persons from amongst the list were regularized in the year 1998, but they being a lot on the breadline, without any official/political support, however our career is still at stake as we are still being treated as casual workers and being paid on daily basis only.

They demanded that an enquiry may be instituted to explore the culprits behind the fictitious break inflicted in the year 1992 vide factious order no. 62/29/92-93-w-3479; dated 09-10-1992 which is the measure reasons having disallowed us to avail the benefit of temporary status scheme of 1993 and having made our case for regularization an impossibility till date. 


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