Islamabad-Daily-wage employees of government educational institutions on Tuesday held a protest against non-payment of salaries by Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division for the last six months.

Dozens of employees of model educational setups including teaching and non-teaching staff gathered outside Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and demanded immediate release of their salaries and permanent service structure. The protestors raised slogans against Minister of State for CADD for not resolving the issue of daily-wage employees during more than four years tenure of the present government.

The protesters, holding placards in their hands, threatened suspending academic activities in the educational institutions if their salaries were not paid immediately.

Around 2,200 teaching and non-teaching staff’s future is hanging in balance for the last three years and are on roads every six months for release of their salaries and regularisation of their services.

The protestors also condemned new hiring by the CADD ministry to fill the various vacancies in the educational institutions, calling it a deliberate discrimination against the daily-wage employees. “New hiring is not acceptable,” the protesters said furiously, adding that “Inhuman behaviour of the ministry will be not allowed”.

President Daily-wage Employees Association Fahd Meraj while talking to The Nation said that the daily-wage employees were pursuing their case for salaries release for the last six months. However, the finance division rejected our demands on four occasions, raising multiple objections. He said that resolving the issues of employees in educational institutions was not the priority of CADD Minister Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary, adding that hurdles were being created deliberately for the employees.

He said that the ministry had also advertised for new hiring while employees from scale 1 to 14 were already working on the advertised positions. “Boycott in some of the institutions is underway and the protest will be expanded further,” he said.

Director Administration FDE Dr Tariq Masood responded that the FDE had sent the case for salaries of the daily-wage employees to the finance division but it was not executed due to various objections. He said that the division objected on the service status of the employees as they were not regular staff members. “We have sent the case for 3rd time and hopefully it will be done,” he said.

Dr Tariq further said that the daily-wage employees were being encouraged to apply for the position advertised for new hiring and the case had also been sent to the establishment division and the PM office.

He said that the government had the policy of open merit which could not be neglected, however; the daily wagers had been given the favour of five extra marks in the competition against their long services for the institutions.