Casual labors denied full salary; Chief accounts officer under scanner
"i have taken the cognizance of the matter, and will take the action once i get the full report" Chief engineer (I&FC)
Srinagar, 27 June (KPS): The Union of Casual Labors Mechanical irrigation department Anantnag division Awantipora are up and arms against the chief accounts officer Flood control Srinagar , Ali Mohammad Sofi for not releasing the appropriate amount of wages to them. They have alleged the officer for duping them of Rs 5600 per employee when the actual amount was Rs 23600 but only Rs 18000 were transferred.
The funds of Rs 5 crore were released last month in order to pay the wages to all the workers and the amount to be distributed according to the them was Rs 23600 for three and half months (105 days) but they were paid only Rs 18000 at the time, and the left amount has been held up since.
The workers have sought and intervention of the Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Department to sort out the issue.They have sent the written representation to the Chief Engineer to take the timely and appropriate action against the accused for ‘fraudulently and dishonestly’ stopping the full payment of the wages.
In a representation to the Chief Engineer they have listed how the funds from the finance department were transferred in the account of the chief engineer (I&FC) which then were transferred into the account of chief accounts officer who as per guidelines should have released an amount of 23,600 but instead 18,000 were released in each of the workers account.
The workers accused the chief accounts officer of being arrogant, and not liquidating the said amount is not justifiable by any means.
The copy of the representation has been forwarded to Khursheed Ahmad Ganai, Advisor to Governor , Commissioner Vigilance, Srinagar and commissioner Accountability Commission Bureau.
Meanwhile the chairman and the president of the Casual workers while talking to Kashmir Press Service said, ” the accounts officer is a dishonest person who fraudulently deprived us of our wages. The actual amount to be released should have been of 4 months, but then we were informed only salary of three and half months will be disbursed which accounts to Rs 23600, but were provided with Rs 18000 only, what about the other 5600, who will pay us that ? We appeal the higher authority to take the dishonest accountant to task and release the our pending funds at the earliest possible”.
The Mechanical Irrigation Employees federation Patron and Vice President EJAC ( Employees joint action committee) Farooq Ahmad Khan said, ” we appeal the authorities to fish out the problem and end our plight. The Awantipora division is not the only one where there has been a salary issue but same is the case in the Baramulla and Srinagar division too. Its high time for the district administration to plug the loopholes and put an end to our problems.”
When contacted the Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Ashok Kumar he said, ” i have received the representation of the casual workers and have forwarded the same to the Executive Engineer of the concerned department who is responsible for the disbursement of the funds. I will get the report in a day or two and will take the action accordingly”.