In Kashmir the most possible chances of any occurrence which can happen to you are that either you will be exploited or you will exploit others for their own needs.
The time when the government announced to regularize the services of various daily wagers, casual labourers, hired and need-based labourers of various departments of functioning across the state the joy and happiness among these labour classes were reflective and can be seen very easily from their expressions on the announcement date.
Any such announcement from the government without any checks and balances whether it brings any change or not but it had definitely paved a way to corruption and exploitation of these labourers in various government departments of the state.
When the government started the process and issued the directions to various departments to send the detailed list of such workers, initially the number of such workers were nearly about sixty thousand, keeping these facts under considerations the Govt tries to formulate the definite and effective proposal for these labour class workers just to provide them with some relief for the services which they have rendered in various departments on nominal wages in some cases no wages at all for years.
In spite of all these the labourers of various departments worked with the hope that someday they will get the reward of their dedication and hard work by recognizing their services by the government.
The data forward by various departments to Government shocked everyone where from sixty thousands the number of workers were doubled to nearly 1.20 Lakh thereby snatching the rights of various genuine causal laborers who had been working in various departments from years..
Who were these extra sixty thousand? How can you throw out a labourer who has given his 10 years of precious services with hopes of getting absorbed in the department just on the pretext of not falling under the ambit of SRO 520? How a less experienced can fit under the ambit of SRO 520?
I have seen a large number of very poor especially from Gujar communities and from other socially, economically and educationally deprived communities who are serving in various departments from years on very marginal wages in some cases no wages at all mostly due to the acute shortage of permanent employees.
Have heard the stories of various destitute causal labours how much happy they were when they were asked to register themselves online, bringing affidavit from courts along with their Aadhar cards, they were asked to register in their respective departments. In some cases hundreds of causal laborers have paid 1000 to 1500 each just to register themselves online in their concerned departments and officials concerned knowing that it’s equalent to the wages which their departments are providing them after so many months.
The genuine and deserving one’s had become the victims of the mess of corruption and favouritism which had casted shadows of darkness even on their genuine cause.
Mudasir Nazir Wani
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