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Non-locals fleeing Kashmir without wages, courtesy Govt silence
10/21/2021 11:36:10 PM

Early Times Report

Srinagar, Oct 21: Even as the non locals including skilled workforce and laborers have been fleeing from Kashmir in the wake of recent “target killings”, the Jammu and Kashmir government has been allegedly unable to helm them get their wages before the “panic departure.”
The non-locals, who have been fleeing Kashmir, have complained that many of them had to leave without getting their due wages from the Kashmiri people they were working for.
It’s pertinent to mention that thousands of such laborers were working for contractors or individuals undertaking construction of similar works in Kashmir.
“We had to leave from Kashmir without collecting of our due wages which run into thousands of rupees. We’re leaving Kashmir at a loss for no fault of ours,” complained a group of non-locals while fleeing Kashmir.
Observers said it was “unfortunate” that the government had failed to evolve a policy for getting the wages of such poor people cleared. “It was supposed to be the responsibility of the administration to have come up with clear-cut directives that such workforce should not be denied their due wages from their masters,” said a senior official on the condition of anonymity. He said infact the government should have come up with district level mechanism of grievance redressal for such cases in Kashmir. “What is the role of the administration if it cannot help the poor get his or her wages before fleeing Kashmir?” he questioned.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has already come under scanner for failing to issue any formal advisory of dos and don’ts for the panic-stricken non-locals.
The non-locals have complained that they have not been told anything about “any dos and don’ts by the administration.”
The non-locals have been “bearing the brunt of target killings.”
On October 17, two non-local labourers were gunned down by terrorists in Wanpoh area of Kulgam district. Another grievously wounded labourer was being treated for multiple injuries.
The incident on Sunday was the third attack on non-locals in Kashmir in two days. A street vendor from Bihar was killed in the Eidgah area of Srinagar on Saturday evening. A carpenter from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh was killed at Litter in Pulwama district on the same day.
So far, 11 people have been killed in targeted attacks in Kashmir, including five hailing from other states in the recent past.
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