Srinagar, July 31: Amid the ongoing global medical crises where people are finding hard to meet the ends meet, the casual labourers of Forest department recruited some years ago are made to suffer for want of wages stating that they are unpaid for fourth consecutive months.
Casual labourers of Kamraj Forest Division Zanglu , in kupwara distirct told Kupwara Times that they are rendering their services for couples of years but the huge amount of dedicated work of all the employees is deliberately neglected by the department leaving us in lurch at large.
The casual labourers echoed the similar concerns and said that they are unpaid for several months now which has left them in immensely worrying situation especially their family members and children are forced to crave for normal life.
All this is happening with us even after working round the clock and keeping self available all the time whenever department requires our services that include during the harsh winter season and in summers under scorching heat, the casual labourers said.
The association president said that the bank accounts of all the casual labourers are running dry even on this auspicious occasion of Eid and are forced to face all these immense difficulties due to callous and selective approach of higher authorities who have kept us at the bay over the years.
Despite rendering services with best of efforts our wages aren’t disbursed well on time and now if they are released mere an amount that helps us as fair to join duties regularly is released, he said.
He also said that our families are suffering in absence of adequate amount of wages especially we fail to give our children the amount of comfort they deserve and lack of quality education is a highly worrying cause.
The association of casual labourers has requested the Lt Governor of jammu and Kashmir GC Murmu to personally look Into the matter and ease their sufferings at an earlier so that they are able to give their family members a comfortable life and quality education to their children.