KARACHI - The Sindh Accountant General (AG) has stopped the salaries of more than 1,000 lower-cadre employees of the Education Department, City District Government Karachi (CDGK), as the job contracts of these employees have been terminated on January 20, 2010. The officials of the Sindh AG office have demanded the regularisation letters or job continuation letters from these employees, belonging to grade 1 to 4, to release their salaries, a well-placed source informed The Nation on Friday. The source said that the employees were appointed by previous Executive District Officer (EDO) Fakhar Karim in 2007, while their job orders were issued on January 20, 2007. These lower-cadre employees included Peons, Gardeners, Watchmen, Lab Attendants, Guards and Sweepers, he said. The decision of suspending salaries has created panic among the employees. The source said that the affected staffers were looking towards the Sindh Education Ministry and City Nazim Mustafa Kamal for the regularisation of their jobs. However, a simple extension in their contact will also help pave way for the release of their salaries, he said. These employees of the Education Department are worried over the government decision. Our families are dependent on our salaries; who will provide our children bread and butter, a worried employee said, adding that Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq and the City Nazim could solve the problem through regularising the jobs of these staffers. While talking to The Nation, Additional Secretary Education (Schools) Riaz Memon that he was not aware about the issue while he would consider the issue on Saturday (today). Another concerned staffer alleged, EDO Education Ibrahim Kumbher, as per past practice, is indifferent towards the problems of the employees. All the higher-ups of the Education Department, City District Government Karachi are well aware about the workers worries, but they are not interested to take our issue to higher authorities. The employees demanded the government to take immediate notice of their problems and issue instructions to resolve it. On the other hand, newly appointed Sindh Secretary Education Siddiqu Memon when was contacted did not attend the call.