Rising Kashmir NewsSrinagar:
Skilled labourers working with J&K Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) would now be paid wages directly in their bank accounts every week.
This was announced by the authority’s Vice Chairman, Dr. Hafeez Masoodi, on Saturday while interacting with various groups of workers engaged by the authority as part of its ‘special drive against the outgrowth of lilly patches’ in Dal Lake.
The labours had demanded removal of the presently followed intermediary system and sought direct payments in lieu of their skilled labour rather than routing it through the middleman.
“The Vice Chairman ascertained the difficulties faced by the skilled labours in respect of gaps in payment mechanism and the middleman system that has been affecting the speed and output of the activity,” a statement issued by the authority said.
“The Vice Chairman exhorted upon the labours to provide their bank account numbers, Aadhar card details and other requisite documents to the Authority, so that the payments are directly released to them on weekly basis,” the statement said.
“The decision of direct and weekly payments is expected to encourage the skilled labours to work with renewed zeal and vigour ensuring the successful and time bound completion of the operation for removal of lilly patches from the lake waters,” it added.
Dr. Masoodi assured adequate logistics would be arranged, so that the skilled labours were properly facilitated for successful completion of the special drive against unwanted expansion of lilly pads.