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Sheep & Sheep Products Development Board employees at receiving end following disbanding of Board
3/2/2021 11:10:44 PM
JEHANGIR RASHID
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Mar 2: The recent government decision of winding up J&K Sheep & Sheep Products Development Board has come as a bolt from the blue for the employees who have been at the receiving end since no decision about their future has been taken by the people at the helm so far.
Early Times has learnt from sources that there is no proposal regarding more than 80 employees of the Board and that what will be the fate of their job. They said the concerned department moved the proposal in the Administrative Council (AC) without homework and put these employees in depression.
The AC on February 13 had approved the proposal of the Animal, Sheep Husbandry & Fisheries department to wind up the J&K Sheep & Sheep Products Development Board. The decision was taken considering that there has been no significant on-ground impact on production and marketing of wool and wool based products. The AC directed Industries and Commerce department to prepare a scheme tailored to the marketing needs of wool producers.
"The employees of Wool Development Board have been on deputation to the Sheep Husbandry department since 2005. However, they are not entitled to benefits at par with employees of the Sheep Husbandry Department. These employees knocked the door of officers from Director to Chief Minister in the past but of no avail," said sources.
Sources said that since the employees are not entitled to benefits at par with employees of the Sheep Husbandry Department like salary and pensionary benefits it is becoming difficult for them to manage the things. Most of them are going through mental trauma with no solution in sight.
"It becomes difficult for me to even pay fees to my three children on a meager salary. Most of us are suffering from depression because of discrimination with us by the government," said an employee. It was during Ghulam Nabi Azad's tenure as chief minister of erstwhile state that these employees were sent to Sheep Husbandry Department on deputation. Since then they are not getting benefits as per service rules like employees of other departments.
"We see our future very bleak. Despite working in the Sheep Husbandry Department for the last 15-years and our service records have also been sent there we are still facing a pay disparity of around Rs 20, 000," said a group of employees. The employees went to the High Court with the Court passing judgment that these employees should be given all benefits like salary and pensionary benefits, but still then there has been no difference on the ground.
The employees said the government is unmoved since they are class IV employees. They said a lower rank employee from Sheep Husbandry Department is getting Rs 40,000 as monthly salary while they are receiving Rs. 25,000 monthly salary.
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