KARACHI - Pakistan Railway workers, who have paid their total dues of plots at Jumma Goth, are still waiting for the allotments. The plots were announced to be leased by the current Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani in 80s when he was serving as railway minister in General Zia-ul-Haq era. Talking to The Nation, President Pakistan Railway Labour Federation Manzoor Ahmed Razi appealed to the government to handover the plots to the allottees who have been suffering since long. He lamented that no government since Zias regime has taken this issue seriously despite the fact that the poor worker is still suffering a lot. In 1986, Yousaf Raza Gilani as Railway Minister had launched a housing scheme in Jumma Goth, located between Port Qasim and Landhi, namely Jumma Goth No-15 Gulshan-e-Yousaf Housing Scheme for the railway workers. He said in 1986, total 3,500 workers out of 10,000 got their plots through Lucky Draw held at Railway Football Stadium in Karachi. According to the scheme, the winning workers were awarded with 120 yards plot each on which they had to pay Rs7,800 in four instalments and Rs15,000 for the plot measuring 240 yards. The scheme was initiated for the workers from grade-1 to 16, and the land was the property of railway department but later the Railway Housing Society (RHS) bought the said land from the department and had paid the full payment in this regard. The plots were to be allotted to the winners of the lucky draw after completion of the development works, and the works had been completed in 1990. But so far despite passage of more than two decades, the plots have not been handed over to the workers. Razi said that most of the railway workers, who had paid their full dues, retired from their jobs and many of them died and their widows and children are still deprived of their legal plots. The grievances of the allottees were increased when in 2006, the Shaukat Aziz-led government announced to develop an Industrial Zone in the Jumma Goth where the plots of the said housing scheme were located. It is pertinent to mention that when General (r) Pervez Musharraf ousted Nawaz Sharif government in 1999, he had also assured the then Railway Minister General (r) Javed Ashraf Qazi that the plots would be handed over to the railway workers. Afterwards Shaukat Aziz had announced to allocate the said land for the purpose to establish an Industrial Zone when he visited Port Qasim. RHS had sent communique to the Federal Government stated that it had paid the full payment to the Railway Ministry for the housing scheme and the said land should be handed over to their society. The matter was taken to the Sindh High Court and court has issued a stay-order. On the courts directive Port Qasim and the railway authorities had admitted before the court that the land was a property of the society.