Srinagar: Consolidated Health Workers Union J&K in collaboration with Jammu & Kashmir RTI Movement Monday held a protest demonstration outside the office of Directorate of Health Kashmir. The health workers included consolidated and part time sweepers, helpers, drivers who raised slogans for the implementation of Minimum Wages Act in the health department.
Chairman RTI Movement, Dr Raja Muzaffar who led the protest said that the Government enacts laws like Minimum Wages Act and violates the same. He said that consolidated workers in the health department like sweepers, helpers and drivers who risked their lives were being paid as less as Rs 100 or Rs 500 per month which is an act of Bonded Labour.
“If some private institution would be involved in violating the minimum wages act, the institution would be exposed and raised by Govt but who will make Govt accountable when they are paying mere Rs 100 or Rs 500 to its workers some of whom are working in the department for last 20 to 30 years,” said Dr Muzaffar
Patron of Consolidated Health Workers Gulzar Ahmad Chopan, Chairman Abdul Ahad Sheikh and Sajad Ahmad Parray Chairman Casual Daily-wagers Forum also addressed the protesting workers and urged government to implement Minimum Wages Act by paying consolidated workers @ Rs 6700 per month in first instance and then regularising the services of the workers who have served health department for last 10 years or more.
Be Part of Quality Journalism
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.