Minister for Finance, Dr Haseeb Drabu today informed the Legislative Assembly that the Jammu and Kashmir Casual and Other Workers-Regular Engagement Rules, 2017 has been notified for regularization of these workers.
He also informed that no worker has been considered so far as per the provisions of SRO 520 dated 21-12-2017.
Replying to a question by Altaf Ahmed Wani, the Minister elaborated that the government has already notified a policy and an empowerment committee has been constituted to recommend the creation of commensurate positions of Government Service Assistants (GSA) after proper scrutiny of proposals from the concerned departments.
He said that the cases of individual workers shall be screened by the committee for necessary recommendations in each case and it shall meet at regular intervals.
Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mian Altaf and Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen raised supplementary questions to the main question.
Meanwhile, members of opposition National Conference here on Tuesday sought clarifications from the government on the figures of regularization of casual labors and “backdoor appointments” in Jammu and Kashmir Bank.
NC MLA from Pahalgam, Altaf Ahmed Wani sought clarification from the government as to whether it commits itself to regularize 60,000 casual labors as announced by the Finance Minister Dr. Haseeb A. Drabu within and outside the House or it plans to regularize more than one lakh casual labors as mentioned in the written replies of several questions on the issue raised by the opposition members in the House.
Other NC members — Ali Mohammad Sagar and Abdul Majeed Larmi — who moved supplementaries to the question also alleged that government was trying to burry under the carpet the details about the “backdoor appointments” of the “workers of ruling PDP-BJP combine” in Jammu and Kashmir Bank, under the garb of regularization plan for daily-wagers.
They claimed that the financial position of Jammu and Kashmir Bank has been so badly hit that people are now tending to withdraw deposits from the bank and close their accounts.