Jammu and Kashmir: Right to Information Act (RTI) may have lesser impact on bureaucrats and officers but some legislatures and ministers still do posses a bit of regard for it. Usually, RTIs are being replied falsely by officers, which not only dent image of government but also distances people from the so called democratic dispensation. This time it is about commitment and assurances extended by Power Development Department (PDD), already running in losses due its directionless policies and non accountable conduct.
Real News Agency
On March 28, 2012 Casual laborers (CLs) ended their 57 days long strike on the assurance by authorities of PDD for release of wages in two months from the date. To which a sum of Rs 6.50 was released vide order no PD/2011-12/Coord-101/PDD/23-A. But unfortunately till April 2013 no wages were paid to protesting CLs and neither there was any proceeding towards their regularization as committed.
Making stunning revelations regarding the existing number of CLs entitled for wages and regularization, Jammu and Kashmir Government informed that at the time of negotiation between the PDD authorities and leaders of CLs the number of laborers was approximately 4000 and said amount was released in their favour. But when department was asked to verify the same the number of casual laborers was reported approximately 8000. Which not only sent shivers deep to spine the spine of government but also forced to them to stop the payments? Moreover, Law Minister, Mir Saifullah on behalf of Chief Minister who is also incharge of PDD assured that that within duration of two months the issue would be sorted out.
The billion dollar question arises that how come in just two months of duration the number of CLs increased to double strength. Mir, informed that officers at the helm of affairs engaged their relatives and blue eyed to get benefitted. He, however, assured that proper investigation is being done and the genuine laborers’ would be given wages as well as considered for regularization.