Tribune News Service
Bathinda, July 30
Angrej Singh (50) of Pakka Kalan village has been shopping for groceries on credit score from a store in his neighborhood. Unable to clear an impressive invoice of greater than Rs 8, 000, he’s now in search of one other grocery store for purchases on credit score. Life for him has been powerful. Since the previous 4 months, Angrez Singh, among the many 4,000 workers with the Forest Department, haven’t been paid wages.
“My financial savings are all gone. My two sons, each farmhands, are with out work. I needed to borrow Rs 20,000 on an curiosity of Rs 400 per 30 days to satisfy family bills.
The debtors are actually on my doorstep. I devoted 23 years of my life to my job for a meagre wage of Rs 8,700. Now, I’m even disadvantaged of that,” he says.
Amrik Singh, president of Forest Workers’ Union, mentioned, “Leave aside regularising our services, we have not been paid salaries for months. We have held protests to get our due but in vain. A meeting with senior officials at Chandigarh last week remained inconclusive. We are tired of hollow assurances. We are being pushed into stepping up our agitation.” Divisional Forest Officer Swarn Singh mentioned the salaries can be paid as quickly as they acquired funds. According to Jatinder Sharma, Principal Conservator of Forests, the salaries are prone to be launched after a gathering on August 5.