Not paid salaries, PSU employees stage protest

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/21/2021 12:05:37 AM

SRINAGAR, Jan 19: Scores of employees working in various Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) organised a protest demonstration at the Press Enclave here today, demanding release of their salaries which, they said, were pending for the last several months.
The employees, who assembled under the banner of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Sector Employees and Workers Federation, alleged that they are on the verge of starvation as they do not have any resources to feed their families.
President the federation, Wajahat Hussain said that when Article 370 was abrogated, PM Modi “announced on national television that all demands of employees will be fulfilled. But, we are still without salaries for the last several months despite government assurances, thereby forcing us to come out on the roads.”
The protesting employees said that employees of SFC were without salaries for the last 6 months, those of JKSRTC for the last 4 months while employees of JK Cements, Handloom Development Corporation, Arts Emporium and JKTDC were without salaries for the last 22 months, 5 months, 8 months and 2 months respectively.
“Government had made big promises but despite that, we are without salaries and are on the verge of starvation. These PSUs have been working as frontline warriors during the COVID-19, but our salaries are not being released,” the federation leaders said. They also asked the government to clarify its position on the continuation of PSUs.
“If they want to continue these PSUs, they should frame a proper policy for that. We don’t want to die of starvation at our homes. We have now decided to hit roads to seek justice for ourselves,” Wajahat Hussain said.
He said that the government had given them assurances but despite that their salaries are not being released. “Yesterday three of our colleagues who were working in JK Cements died because their salaries were not being released and they had no money to buy medicines,” Wajahat said.
He said that they have lost patience now and if the government did not budge they will hit the roads and launch a massive agitation to seek justice for themselves.



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