|EARLY TIMES REPORT|
JAMMU, Dec 4: Intensifying their agitation against the mal-practices of Dharmarth Trust, the employees under the banner of Dharmarth Trust Employees Association (DTEA) on Friday held a strong protest on the third consecutive day near Press Club here.
“We shall continue our agitation till our demands will be met by the Trust members,” protesting employees asserted.
Hundreds of employees including priests from various units of the trust such as Shri Raghunath Mandir, Hari Bhawan Purmandal, Uttar Behani, Birpur and Central Office Karan Bhawan participated in the protest.
Priests expressed strong resentment over the mismanagement of Trust by blowing ‘Shankhnaad’ in the traditional dress.
Employees alleged that instead of holding negotiations with them to settle their pending demands, Trust management suspended the Association President, General Secretary and other office bearers with malafide intentions to harass and crush the trade union activities.
This attitude of Trust management, employees said, is unfair labour practice which has created strong resentment among low paid employees.
Talking to reporters, ex-President Kernail Chand Thakur, ex-General Secretary, Pritam Sharma alleged that Secretary Dharmarth Trust suspended five employees of the trust on the plea that these employees participated in undesirable activities and used unparliamentary language against Chairman Trustee and trust management and malign the reputation of the trust which is incorrect, baseless, manipulated and denied by the employees vide written reply submitted on November 12, 2020.
On November 16, 2020, they said, employees association also wrote a letter to Secretary Dharmarth Trust to withdraw the suspension of the employees and allow them to work on their place of duty and hold negotiation with employees’ representatives to settle their pending demands, but trust management fails to do so till date.
The employees demanded withdrawal of suspension order of five employees, pay scale at par with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board employees, release of one month pay as bonus, release of 15% DA installment, implementation of ESI scheme, etc. President, Vivek Bandral and General Secretary, Suneet Sharma alleged that trust management is responsible for making trust financially weak due to their mismanagement and wrong policies.