PHE workers continue protest for regularization, release of wages

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 29: The Jal Shakti (PHE) Department workers/daily wagers’ protest-dharna outside the office of Chief Engineer PHE/ Jal Shakti Department at BC Road office complex, entered 708th day here today.
These workers are protesting in support of their demand of regularization and release of their pending wages. The PHE authorities failed to release their pending wages of about 78 months. Despite assurances by the LG’s administration, their regularization is still awaited. Their strike and protest dharna continued for the last 708 days, outside the office of Chief Engineer, Jal Shakti Department, B C Road, Jammu.
These hapless workers are on strike since June 22, 2022, demanding release of their pending wages and regularization of their services. Despite several rounds of talks with higher authorities in the Department, their issues could not be resolved despite Lt Governor’s assurance.
A large number of PHE workers from various Divisions and Sub- Divisions in Jammu, assembled outside the office of Chief Engineer PHE Jammu, under the banner of PHE United Front and held strong protest demonstration today. They were shouting slogans in support of their demands and also against LG’s Administration, BJP and other higher authorities in the J&K UT.
The employees representatives including, Ravi Hans, Rajinder Singh Taj, Navdeep Singh and Hoshiar Singh claimed that they will continue their agitation till justice is accorded to the PHE workers. These helpless workers are demanding regularization & enhancement of minimum wages as per Central Government norms in J&K UT and release of over 78 months’ wages of the daily wagers.

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