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NC demands regular jobs for contractual staff in JK

Srinagar, January 24

National Conference (NC) MP Hasnain Masoodi on Monday sought regularisation and removal of pay anomalies for daily-wagers and contractual employees in Jamp;K.

In a letter addressed to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Masoodi highlighted the “grave problems” faced by such workers serving in different government departments, local bodies, public sector undertakings and other government institutions in the UT. “It is satisfying that the issue raised by me during Zero Hour on December 1, 2021 prompted the government to write to the Jamp;K administration seeking necessary information. The relevant details are expected to have been submitted by now,” he said.

The plight of more than 61,000 daily rated, temporary, casual, need-based, seasonal, local fund, contractual, contingency paid and other workers is of grave concern, the NC MP from Anantnag said.

He said 6,1000 “daily rated workers” and others have been waiting for regularisation for decades. “With the delay in regularisation they are deprived of a number of benefits like pay scale, grade pay, HRA, education allowance, etc., available to their colleagues in a pay scale performing similar and in some cases less onerous duties,” he added.

Referring to the implementation of minimum wages Act in Jamp;K, Masoodi said the Code on Wages 2019 was expected to convey urgency in implementation of Minimum Wages law pending the National Floor Level Minimum Wages (NFLMW). —

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