Many are facing severe distress, demand immediate payment of salary
The Supervisors in the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Department
“Director mam hum guzarish kar
ICDS Department works under the Social Welfare Department. The department is aimed at addressing the health, nutrition and the development needs of young children, pregnant and nursing mothers. The supervisors of the department have been demanding their salary for months and are now on an indefinite pen down strikes till the issue is resolved.
Salary Payment A Constant Struggle
Speaking to KASHMIR CENTRAL, Abida War, who is representing the fraternity as president of JKICDS Supervisors Union said that all these Supervisors are facing severe distress because their salary has not been paid. “Payment of salary is our fundamental right. When we work, we ought to be paid. For the last three decades, the Supervisors are facing this issue. Sometimes, Supervisors were paid salary after three months, and sometimes after five months. This time the issue has not been resolved for seven months. We were not paid even on Eid, so anyone can image what a testing time it has been for us,” said Abida, who is also the Chairperson of JKSEWWA.
Earlier, there were some reports that there is an all-India delay in the salary of the ICDS Supervisors. But Abida War
“Now that we are protesting, the department is pressurising my colleagues to break the strike,” said Abida. Many of them are feeling desperate now. A message posted on a WhatsApp group of the employees reads, “Now we will be forced to sell our body parts since we have already sold our jewelleryand we have nothing left.” It is so disheartening to see young educated and employed women saying this, because they have not been paid their salary for the last many months.
‘Discrimination Against Women’
Abida said that this is also an issue of discrimination with the women of J&K, since 99% of the supervisory staff comprises women. Abida
Abida said that the topmost demand of the ICDS Supervisors is the streamlining of salary system, so that they are paid on time every month. “This is grave injustice that even though we work so hard, we are not paid on time. During Covid, we were working even during the lockdowns,” said Abida.
Supervisors say that in the Department of ICDS, theemployees get 90% salary from the center and only 10 % from the Union Territory. “The department is saying that the salaries have been delayed due to the delay is submitting utility certificates. This raises more
“These women have to take care of regular family expenses like food, electricity bills, the fees of their kids etc. It is highly unfortunate that ICDS Supervisors should be made to suffer like this,” she stated.
“The Worthy Director may be trying hard to resolve the issue. But it seems that a lot of realities are hidden from her. Due to this miscommunication, so many families are suffering,” said Abida. She demanded that the department must have a well-defined promotion policy in place so that Supervisors can look forward to career progression. “The Supervisors can be promoted to the level of ACDPOs. This will also boost the morale of the employees,” highlighted