Setting the effigy of Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather on fire, Youth Congress workers Saturday staged a protest in Press Enclave Srinagar alleging that that National Conference Minister has been proving the biggest hurdle in getting the daily-wagers in Jammu and Kashmir regularized.
Reports said that scores of State Youth Congress workers led by State General Secretary Abid Kashmir appeared in Srinagar Press Enclave and amidst pro-Sham Lal Sharma slogans castigated Finance Minister for acting as the foe of the daily rated workers working in different government departments of Jammu and Kashmir from past 20 years.
“We support the move of our leader Sham Lal Sharma who resigned from the Cabinet as his conscience did not allow him to continue as Minister, because some NC Ministers especially Abdul Rahim Rather were acting as autocrats and were obstructing the move of the Congress to get the daily rated workers regularized,” Abid Kashmir told CNS.
The protestors set the effigy of the State Finance Minister on fire and demanded that all the daily rated workers should be regularized without any delay.
Meanwhile, the daily-rated employees of PHE, Tourism, Agriculture, UEED, JVC, SKIMS and other departments stages a protest in Srinagar demanding their immediate regularization. Police stopped them near Exchange Road when they were marching towards Press Enclave. Eyewitnesses told CNS that police charged these protestors with canes while some of them were detained and lodged in police station Kothi Bagh.
Amidst anti National Conference and government slogans, the daily wagers alleged that some NC ministers oppose the move of the government to get all the daily rated employees regularized, because they demand their own supporters should be put in the list first. “This is injustice towards us. Some NC ministers can’t act as autocrats and play with the livelihood of the daily wagers,” they said.