State Times NewsJAMMU: To highlight various issues of working class, a meeting of the industrial workers was held at Bari Brahmana on Wednesday which was addressed by senior leaders of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) including Harbans Choudhary and Ashok Choudhary (General Secretary). The leaders urged the LG for directing the concerned to clear all pending medical reimbursement bills and PF payments for mitigating sufferings of poor workers.Speaking on the occasion, Choudhary highlighted various issues faced by the workers. He said that medical bills of workers for reimbursement are lying pending since 2018 across J&K due to negligence of administration, which has adopted a casual approach over the matter, due to which poor workers are suffering a lot. “Same is the position of Provident Fund as workers, who have retired or left services have not been provided their savings in form of PF. Moreover, workers are also facing hardships in advance withdrawal of PF due to non-availability of cash,” he added.It is pertinent to mention here that from November 2019, the Central Govt EPFO has taken over J&K PFO but due to non-seriousness of officials the transfer of subscribers accounts and PF has not been completed till date despite fixing numerous deadlines. “Both ESI and PF organisations charge administration expanses from employers but are not answerable to workers, which are suffering due to casual approach and malpractices in these organizations,” he alleged.BMS appealed to LG Manoj Sinha to intervene into the matter for resolving issues of workers besides monitoring functioning of these organisations periodically so that poor workers may not suffer. It was further requested that both the organisations should be directed to release funds for disposal of pending ESI bills and PF payments besides holding camps in industrial areas on analogy of Back to Village programme for listening to grievances of workers.
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