Protests against authorities’ anti-people policies in IIOJK continue

Srinagar, September 17, 2023 (PPI-OT): Protests against the anti-people policies of the authorities’ in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir continue as scores of Asha workers staged a protest in Srinagar, demanding hike in wages.

The workers assembled at the Press Colony in Srinagar, condemning low wages. These aggrieved workers raised slogans to press for their demands and said that they were suffering amid minimal wages. They said that despite their tireless work, they are getting “peanuts” in return.

“We have been working since 2005 and have been demanding a hike in salaries. We are getting Rs 2000 per month, which is lower than what a labourer gets. This is unfortunate that despite providing vital support to health care at the ground level, we are not getting enough wages,” said a protesting female worker.

The Asha workers demanded that their salaries should be as per the Minimum Wages Act so that they could make ends meet. They said on the minimal salaries, they cannot afford their own expenses, let alone support their families. The residents of Rainawari, Srinagar also staged a protest against Jal Shakti department for failing to supply water to them for the past one month.

The protesters, mostly women, blocked the main road near Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Hospital, bringing traffic to a standstill. Speaking to the media, the protesting women said they have been without water supply for a month, and no one is paying attention to their plight. “We approached the authorities numerous times, but nothing has been done, and we feel like we’re being shuffled from one place to another,” the residents said, while appealing to authorities to address this issue.

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