KL News Network
Private data entry operators in the Baramulla, who were hired for various data entry operations by Department of Food and supplies and Consumer Affairs, have alleged that government has been taking them for a ride as their pending bills worth more than 20 lakhs have now been released yet.
Followed by the digitisation initiative, in November 2014, CAPD had employed hundreds of private Data entry operators across the Valley for the purpose of digitizing the CAPD records and updating the list of consumers.
“We were promised Rupees five for each updation and Rupees eight for each new entry on the departments website,” Says Aamir Ganai, a private data entry operator from Sopore. “More than two years have passed, and we haven’t received a single penny.”
In Baramulla district alone, the department of food and supplies had employed more than a hundred workers for the purpose of digitising the database. “However,” the workers allege, “some officials have been taking us for a ride and despite repeated visits and requests, they are not paying our dues.”
“Every time, we approach the officials for the payment of our due, they say that funds have not been released yet,” says Shahid Ahmad from Baramulla.
The workers have also said that if their dues won’t be paid within 10 days, they will hold sit-in demonstrations outside the district headquarters.
While talking to Kashmir Life, AD Food, Baramulla, Dr Shariq Iqbal admitted having some liabilities and said, “We have partially paid the amount to some of the Data Entry Operators but some are still pending.”
Adding that, “They have forwarded the claims of liabilities to the higher authorities. We will pay the dues as soon as the funds are allocated.”