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New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference MP for Anantnag Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi on Monday called for the regularization and removal of wage anomalies for daily and contract employees of J&K.

In a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Masoodi highlighted the serious problems facing daily, temporary, casual, contract, as-needed, seasonal and other workers working in different departments. governments, local agencies, public sector companies and other government institutions. in Jammu and Kashmir.

Expressing his satisfaction with the action of the concerned ministry following his repeated appeals on the issue, Masoodi said, “It is satisfying that the issue I raised during Zero Hour on 01.12.2021 prompted the government India to write to the J&K administration requesting information/contributions needed. Relevant details should have been submitted by now. The fate of more than 61,000 daily, temporary, casual, as-needed, seasonal, local fund, contract, paid-for-continge and other workers is of grave concern,” he said.

The phenomenon of hiring employees on a contract basis, Masoodi noted, is not unique to Jammu and Kashmir. “The role of the state as a welfare state has expanded over time into new areas unknown to a police state. It has become a key service provider, a manufacturer of goods and even a partner in trade and commerce. The multiple roles assumed necessitated the hiring of additional staff. This explains the large number of daily, temporary and casual workers,” he added.

Masoodi further maintained that committed people have continued together for decades and have served people with dedication and commitment and in most cases are the sole breadwinners of their families. “The state cannot ignore the obligation to provide social and economic justice to this literally exploited segment of society,” he added.

Highlighting the problems faced by this important component of the administration, Masoodi said: “The regularization of 61,000 daily workers and other workers has been waiting for decades. With a delay in regularization, they are deprived of a number of benefits such as salary scale, pay by grade, HRA, education allowance, etc. available to their colleagues in a pay scale performing similar and in some cases less expensive tasks.

The plan designed to ensure regularization must take due account of seniority and not the date of salary release and also provide for all the advantages enjoyed by regular employees. The long-outstanding issue calls for swift and hassle-free justice,” he said.

Referring to the implementation of the minimum wage law in Jammu and Kashmir, Masoodi said, “The Wage Code 2019 was to express the urgency of the implementation of the minimum wage law pending National Minimum Wage (NFLMW). Jammu and Kashmir presents a depressing scenario. A large number of temporary, casual, seasonal workers, depending on local needs and funds are denied minimum wage. In some cases, such as Hospital Fund workers and healthcare workers, the wages paid are only a fraction of the minimum wage,” he noted.

Alluding to the delay in the payment of wages, he argued, is the worst hardship facing daily, casual and other workers. “Workers are forced to take to the streets to demand the release of hard-earned wages,” he said.

Considering the ongoing preparations for the Union Budget and the annual budget allocations for Jammu and Kashmir, Masoodi implored the Union Finance Minister to provide sufficient funds to the Jammu and Kashmir Budget for the regularization of 61,000 daily, temporary and other workers, the release of minimum wages to all workers pending their regularization and the timely release of all arrears and current wages. (GNS)

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