Kupwara: Pen down strike of contractual Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, (MGNREGA) employees has badly impacted work in offices of Rural Development Department across UT of Jammu and Kashmir
More than 4000 contractual employees are on pen down strike since August 17.
In order to press the government concede to their demand of regularization of services or absorption in department with service benefits, the employees association on Tuesday announced to extend the strike till August 21.
“We have been working against pea nuts for past thirteen years but sadly authorities’ continue to ignore us. We demand regularisation of our services, which is our right,” said an employee.
Most of protesting employees are highly qualified and nearing the cut off age for government jobs.
“Many employees have completed Ph.D. M. Phil and post graduate degrees. They have given their youthful time and energy to the department,” said another employee.
The disgruntled employees threatened to go on an indefinite strike, if their demand was not fullfilled.
“Where will we go now? We have worked for years in the department in lieu of meager wages. Our families would starve, if we were not regularised,” said Mohd Ashraf, an employee.
“We would be forced to go on indefinite strike, if our genuine demand was not met with,” he added.
Over 4000 employees including junior and technical assistants, GRS, programme officers and MIS operators are working under the scheme for past over a decade.