Srinagar: Security guards associated with Jammu and Kashmir Bank staged a protest against Chandigarh-based Delta Company on Monday against “huge pay cut”.
Dozens of security guards gathered at the Srinagar press enclave and recorded their protest.
There are around 3,500 skilled and unqualified security guards working at different banks and ATMs in Srinagar, Ganderbal and Budgam.
“This protest is not against JK Bank but against the company Delta based in Chandigarh which, although it was paid in advance by JK Bank, resorted to a reduction in salary,” said Tahir Ahmed, the ‘one of the protesters at the Kashmir News Trust.
He said: “Previously, JK Bank awarded a contract to the company ‘Para-Green’ based in Chandigarh. The Para Green Company paid Rs 11,250 to trained guards and Rs 7,500 per month to unqualified security guards. Now JK Bank has awarded the contract to another “Delta Company” based in Chandigarh, which shortly after obtaining the contract resorts to a reduction in monthly wages. “
The new company will pay Rs 9,000 to trained guards and Rs 5,500 to unqualified guards. In addition, he asked the security guards to pay 15,000 rupees from their own pockets so that the uniform and other things could be arranged for them.
Protesters said that JK Bank pays Rs 18,000 per security guard to this private security company, but instead of spending a large portion on hapless and poor security guards, this company intends to exploit them and keep most of the money with itself.
The protesters appealed to the JK Bank to address the issue with the “Delta Company”. (KNT)
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