Settle cases of those who donated land to PHE department: Tarigami

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Srinagar: Senior Communist Party of India (M) on Monday demanded that Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department must consider engagement of hundreds people, who had donated land in various parts of J&K for setting up water reservoirs, filtration plants, collection tanks, sumps, sluice valve chambers and quarters from 2000-2017.

The land donors who were engaged as casual labourers are not being given effect from the day they started working, he said.
Mr Targami said it is the responsibility of the government to give them retrospective effect. They have not only donated their precious land but are also performing their duties regularly.

Similarly, cases of hundreds of land donors have not been considered, he said adding it is the responsibility of the government to provide them with engagement orders and those who are already engaged, their wages be released.

More than 850 Helpers to Supervisors working in Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in Jammu and Kashmir have not been paid the wages for the last two years putting them to extreme hardships, Mr Tarigami said.

He said these helpers are working on meager wages of Rs 2,450 per month and even those are not being paid to them on time. The deplorable attitude of the concerned department towards the helpers to supervisors is highly unfortunate. These helpers who have greatly contributed in making the scheme viable in J&K have been pushed to the wall and the government seems to be insensitive towards their well-being.

Many of these workers have crossed the upper age limit and now face a critical situation of losing their livelihood. The department should ensure that their livelihood is not put at stake and initiate urgent measures for absorbing them in the scheme. Not only the J&K government should regularise these helpers but it should also pay them incentives as is being done by other states.