Hundreds of PHE (Public Health Engineering) employees under the banner of ‘Kashmir PHE Joint Employees Association’ Wednesday held a protest in Lal Chowk Srinagar to press for their demand of regularization and pending wages.
“I am a casual labor with PHE department from last 15 years and I am waiting my regularization. We are not getting our salaries in time. This year I got my salary of 2 months only and rest is lying with them. Tell me how can I feed my children”, said a protesting employee, Khursheed Ahmad.
The president of the association, Sajad Ahmad Parray said that they are demanding for the release of pending wages and want confirmation of all the daily wage employees. “The employees who are working in the department since long are waiting for their regularization, some among them were employed 15- 20 years ago, they all are still working as casual labors,” he said
The PHE employees association held a massive protest in Lal Chowk. Many got arrested even some protesters were beaten by police and get fainted but rest of them continued to protest before leaving for PHE headquarter. They were chanting anti government slogans.
The association threatened to go for a mssive protest on April 18 if their demands are not accepted.