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JAMMU: Expressing their gratitude towards Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu and Education Minister Priya Sethi for their efforts in releasing pensionary benefits in favour of hundreds of employees of JK Industries who had been struggling for the past several years, retired Jammu and Kashmir Industries Employees Association on Saturday said that this decision will go a long way in helping thousands of family members sustain and have a dignified life post retirement.
The employees had called on Priya Sethi, Minister of State for Education at her residents today wherein BJP Vice President Yudhvir Sethi was also present.
They said that it was after persistent struggle and minister’s intervention that this case of giving pensions to hundreds of employees of JK Industries (JKI) was agreed upon by the Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu.
They extended their gratitude towards Yudhvir Sethi for pursuing their case vigorously and getting the decision implemented in the larger interest of employees.
Speaking on the occasion, Priya Sethi said that Coalition Government is employees friendly that it was towards this end that Finance Minister during his budget speech announced enhancement of minimum wages of unskilled workers from Rs. 150 to Rs. 225 and those of skilled labour to Rs. 350 from Rs. 225.
A new category of highly skilled worker was also introduced and Rs. 400 was fixed as the minimum wage for them.
Priya Sethi said BJP-PDP Coalition Government is sensitive enough to understand employees and its towards this end that it wants own people to live an honourable life.
Over 1,300 employees, Yudhvir Sethi said will be benefitted from this decision which has been taken after much deliberations and persuasion. Employees of JK Art Emporium, JK Industries and even JK Handloom, he added besides other departments will now get pension.
Those present on the occasion included H.S Jamwal (Chairman J&K Industry Employees Association), Ashok Gupta, H.N Baigh, Krishan Lal Sharma, Sham Lal Sharma, Ashraf Chowdhary, B.D Kalsi, S.N Thaper and Kuldeep Gupta.
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