Jammu, January 2
It may become a mega New Year gift for struggling thousands of Daily Wagers, if the discussion-on their regularization-that came before the cabinet ministers headed by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, finally gets unanimous stamp prior to the presentation of upcoming Budget, to be tabled on January 10th. Highly placed sources in the government revealed to Newspoint that “The Jammu and Kashmir government may announce sops for about 61,000 daily wagers and need basis in the upcoming budget session to be tabled on January 10 in the Legislative Assembly.
According to well placed sources, the state cabinet which met here this evening under the chairmanship of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti held discussions on giving some relief to the daily wagers representing different departments but nothing conclusive came out. However, suggestions by some cabinet Ministers of both PDP and BJP were placed before chief minister that included proper verification and scrutiny of the genuine daily wagers by respective District Development Commissioners so that a transparent list is formulated before taking final call in one of the important and burning issue of the state.
“Proposals from both the sides of alliance partners were submitted in the cabinet to provide relief to the daily wagers, who were fighting for their regularization for the last one decade,” sources here told the Newspoint.
They said that though no final verdict was announced by the government but some positive discussions as usual were held to consider the genuine demand of the agitators.
Pertinent to mention here that nearly 61,000 daily wagers from different government departments are struggling for almost last 10 years to get regularized.
Thousands of daily wagers and need basis employees were recruited during PDP-Congress dispensation and later by NC-Congress but till date, they have not yet been regularized.
“The Cabinet meet keeping in view all pro and cons into consideration, discussed the regularization of the contractual employees,” sources said adding that there was no final word from the government side.
Sources further added that the upcoming Budget to be tabled on January 10 may give some relief to them but it will not get them out of the hard waters as PDP-BJP coalition seems to be in mood of applying ‘balm’ to the wounds of the employees vis-a-vis save its skin.