The daily wagers of several departments have once again started their “72 hours kaamchhod” protest against the Government across the J&K UT. In spite of several protests, Government did not implement the Minimum Wages Act and this time giving a warning, the protestors made sure that they would be forced to escalate the protests if their demands are not fulfilled. Daily wagers from the PDD department in Jammu, PHD department in Kathua, and the PWD department in Rajouri protested for their demands. Protestors from Jammu said “We are maintaining social distancing during our protests. In the future, if we protest on-road or hold a rally, the Government will be responsible for it.” “We want the Finance department to look into our records. We are living and dying in these COVID times for the public and the Government is forcing us to cut the power supply.” If they want to make us permanent then why are they not implementing the act? And if not then the Government should tell us directly so that we people find a different way” added a Ph.D. daily wager from Kathua.
Be it any department, all the daily wagers are demanding the same thing. It’s been over a year that the government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir to bring J&K under its uniform ambit and yet, the Minimum Wages Act that is applicable all over India is still not applicable in J&K.