Chinese companies sacking Kashmiris in PoK

Updated:2 weeks, 4 days ago IST

Muzaffarabad (PoK), Nov 23(ANI): Over a hundred Kashmiri workers engaged in Neelum Jhelum Hydro Electric Project in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have been sacked by CGG-CMEC, a Chinese consortium. Sacked employees have been protesting against the consortium, demanding their jobs back or compensation in lieu of not being employed. On July 7, 2007, the CGGC-CMEC (Gezhouba Group and China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation) was given a contract to construct the dam and power station in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, a disputed territory of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. The workers allege that they were sacked despite having a stay order from the court. The Kashmiri employees are allegedly sacked to provide employment to workers from China. Many sacked employees are now worried about their future as no opportunity is left for them. They were not even paid any compensation to start any business. The Awami Labour Union has decided to continue their protests against the Chinese companies for spoiling the career over a hundred employees and their families. The dam for diversion of Neelum waters through tunnels is constructed at Nauseri about 41 km upstream of Muzaffarabad city and outfall in Jhelum River. The powerhouse is located at Chatter Kalas in Muzaffarabad. Residents of the region are against the Neelum Jhelum Hydro Electric Project because of environmental concerns and unrestricted displacement of inhabitants sans compensation.

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