Rising Kashmir NewsKishtwar:
Field and office employees working under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) on Monday went on a four-day pen down strike across the district.
The employees also staged a protest at DC office Kishtwar over what they called as delay in framing the regularisation policy for them.
The protesting employees while terming the recent statement of RDD Minister, Abdul Haq Khan, that “MGNREGA employees are not a government employees” as unfortunate, said that a state-wide agitation will be launched if a regularization policy wasn’t farmed as soon as possible.
“ Last month, we called off with the strike with an ultimatum that we will resume the agitation if our demands weren’t met in a month. We are asking the government to devise a comprehensive regularization policy for us,” they said.
The employees said that across the state, the MNNREGA employees have announced to go on a four-day pendown strike from Monday. “ We would resume duties only when government takes concreate measures to resolve our issues,” they said.
The protestors said that it was due to the hard work of the grassroot level workers of MGNREGA that the state was recently honoured with best performance.
“It is illogical that concerned minister termed us as non-govt employees, if MGNREGA is a scheme then why do the government write it as an act on walls and signboards,” they said.
They said that the government wasn’t keen to regularize them and was “exploiting them by paying meagre salaries”.
They have demanded to concerned Minister to over took into the regularisation of the MGNREGA employees with immediate effect.