All Migrant Employees Association Kashmir (AMEAK) has sought an appointment of nodal officer for PM Package and non PM package migrant employees working in valley so that various issues confronted with these employees could get resolved in a time bound period. The organization also highlighted some vital issues and demanded their immediate redress.
Addressing a press conference, AMEAK president Rubon Saproo made an appeal to Lt Governor Sh G C Murmu and central government for appointment of gazetted cadre nodal officer not less than the rank of KAS for migrant employees posted in valley so that employees could bring their grievances into the notice of officer and get them redress without any lapse of time. He said that migrant employees have to move from pillar to post for seeking redress to their issues, adding that the appointment of the officer would provide a major relief to more than 4000 employees and to some extent end their anxiety.
He also demanded that the government should adopt policy of flexibility in matters of transfers related to package and non package migrant employees after the state was granted a status of UT. “We believe that the conditional bond attached to job package has lost its validity in the backdrop of formation of Union Territory of the state and thus it is now our legitimate right and also genuine demand to ask for transfers to anywhere in the UT”, he said.
Highlighting the issue of accommodation, he stated that larger proportion of migrant employees so far have not been provided transit accommodation and with the result the employees are living in unaffordable rented accommodations. “It is compulsion of an employee to hire rooms in selected places because of their security concerns,” he said and urged up on the authorities to provide accommodation to all migrant employees at par with secretariat employees till completion of transit accommodation.
Further, the members of an association asked the government to initiate an inquiry regarding system of delaying tactics in releasing of timely salaries to package employees for last ten years. “We do not understand why repeatedly employees have to wait for a long time for their monthly salaries even during festival times. This is very absurd phenomenon and always add on trouble for families of employees,” they said.
Lastly, the association appealed for declaring two day holiday on Mahashivraatri bearing in mind the importance of festival which lasts for a week. The association also demanded a special leave of five days for valley based migrant employees so that they can move to Jammu and other places to celebrate the festival with their families.
Those present on the occasion were Rakesh Pandita, Sunil Pandita, Ashwani Bhamu, Abhinav Handoo, Ashwani Bhat, Rohit Raina, Sunil Koul, Sameer Bhat, Vimal Pandita, Pawan Bhat, Sanjay Bhat, Rakesh Koul and others.