Emotional scenes outside Centaur Hotel as families of jobless employees assemble

Srinagar, Jun 15: Emotional scenes were witnessed outside Centaur hotel Srinagar on Wednesday after the families of employees reached the main gate here that was sealed by the government yesterday in wake of the violation of lease agreement by the Hotel Corporation of India (HCI).

The families reached the main gate early today where many among them were seen crying as they see their future as bleak due to the taking over of Centaur hotel by the government.

The families say that the government’s decision is all set to push them towards starvation as the sole bread earners of their families have lost their jobs.

“Everyone at home is crying as there is no other source of income for us,” Fayaz Ahmad, one of the employees,said

Fayaz has been serving at Centaur hotel since 1992 and his services were confirmed in 1995. Fayaz like many other employees is the sole bread earner of his six-member family including father, mother, wife and two children.

“Everyone at home has been confused since last evening. They are unable to understand how the job is being snatched. My family is apprehensive of a bleak future,” Fayaz said, adding that the tears and sobs are visible in the eyes of every family member at the home.

“One cannot imagine the condition of employees and their families at present. We are completely devastated since last evening as the decision of taking over the Centaur Hotel without even considering the plights of employees has landed us in trouble,” he said.

Moreover, a day after the government took possession of the Centaur hotel, Deepak Khullar the CEO of AI subsidiary Hotel Corporation of India (HCI) met the anguished employees here in Srinagar.

Khullar as per the employees has assured that the demands of jobs security will be raised with the concerned authorities. He also expressed sympathy with the employees.

Muhammad Shafi, President Centaur Employees Union said hat they have decided to wait for at least a week to see what steps would be taken by the government for the wellbeing of the employees.

“We have decided to wait for at least a week. In case the demands are not met, the future course of action will be decided then after accordingly,” Shafi said.

There are around 160 employees working in SKICC centaur hotel since 1988.

Pertinently, the employees spent the night at Centaur Hotel to mark a protest against the government move.

However, they left the place this morning.

Tehsildar Khanyar, Aaliya Tabbasum didn’t share the details, however, said that the employees have left the hotel and the government has taken the possession of the building.kno

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