Policy decision on regularization of DWs on cards: Sham

SRINAGAR: A deputation of All Kashmir ITI PHE Daily Wagers Association headed by its Chairman, Riaz Ahmed Khan and Deputy Chairman, Mushtaq Ahmed Khan, today called on the Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Sham Lal Sharma at his residence and discussed the issue of regularization of all the ITI trained daily wagers, who were engaged by the Government in 2005.
The deputationists maintained that the Government had engaged the ITI trained daily wagers to run the PHE schemes as per the Cabinet decision in 2005 and they have put more than 9 years service and deserve regularization as per the policy of the Government in Education and Agriculture Departments. They requested the Minister to use his good offices and take necessary steps for their regularization at the earliest.
The Minister gave patient hearing to the deputation and assured that Government will take appropriate steps on this sensitive issue. He said Government had engaged 4600 ITI trained as per the Cabinet decision under a defined policy and there is no dispute on this issue. He said Government was already on job to address the issue of regularization of various categories of daily wagers/CP workers engaged in different departments. He said this is an exhaustive exercise as information is being collected from each department before taking a final decision by the Government. He maintained that 23711 workers are engaged in PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control Departments and details in this regard have already been made available to the Finance Department. After obtaining the complete details from other departments, the Government will take a policy decision on this issue, said the Minister.
He asked the workers to continue to work with zeal and dedication and Government will do proper justice with them. He asked them not to be panicky as Government was serious to address their problems on merit.