JAMMU: President National Mazdoor Conference (NMC) Subash Shastri on Sunday urged upon the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister to regularise the services of 62,000 daily rated workers in the State, hoping that a decision in this regard would be taken in the forthcoming budget session of legislature.

Talking to media persons here, Shastri said that the fate of these daily wagers has been hanging in uncertainty for the last six years and nothing was done to address their hardships. He said that neither their wages were paid on time nor separate heads were put in place at their respective departments for withdrawing wages. “As a result, many of them could not get their wages for the last four to five years”, he added. Shastri expressing concern over the non release of 17 per cent DA installments since January and July 2014, urged for releasing the same at the earliest.

NMC also demanded merger of 50 per cent Dearness Allowance of central and state government employees and pensioners into their basic pay and pension without any delay.

While pleading the cause of clerical cadre, Shastri demanded that their pay anomalies should be removed without any delay as they have been agitating for genuine demands for the last many years.

Referring to the ensuing state budget, Shastri hoped that the first budget of the coalition Government in the state would be people friendly and address all the issues concerning to the salaried class.

Other demands raised by NMC  Chief  included enhancement of medical allowance from Rs. 300 to Rs. 1000 per month, raising minimum wages of daily wagers to Rs.10,000 per month, declare Jammu and Srinagar cities as B-1 cities, pensioners benefits to all PSU employees, include Jammu city in the list of 100 smart cities, release of all pending dues of casual laborers working in PWD, PDD, Irrigation and Flood Control department, PHE and other departments, etc.

Rajan Babu Khajuria, Sunil Kochhar, Surrinder Kumar, Bupinder Singh, Sham Lal, Jentoo Ram, Mohan Lal, Rajinder Kumar and Joginder Kumar were also present.