Police foil employees’ march

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Jammu, Nov 6: Police used mild cane-charge to prevent hundreds of Government employees from marching towards civil secretariat here in support of their demands.
The employees, under the banner of Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), assembled at Press Club and staged a protest demonstration in support of their demands including implementation of agreement signed between employees union and Finance Minister and enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years. The employees tried to march towards civil secretariat but the attempt was foiled by a strong contingent of police and para-military personnel. Police used mild force to quell the protest as the employees tried to break the barricades.
Several employees’ leaders were detained by the police for violation of section 144 CrPc, imposed by the district administration after Government offices moved to the winter capital of the State.
Those who were detained by police included Muhammad Gaffur Dar, Nazir Ahmed Moli, Abdul Qayum Wani and Jaswant Singh. However, they were reportedly released later.
Addressing the protesters, senior leader of JCC, Khurshid Alam, alleged that State Government was not serious to redress the employees’ issues as it has failed to concede their genuine demands till date.
“We will continue our struggle to fight for our demands. National Conference-led coalition Government is deliberately lingering the issues of State employees,” he said.
JCC spokesperson Muhammad Gaffur Dar criticized the ‘callous’ attitude of Government towards the employees. He also informed that employees will observe complete pen-down strike on Wednesday and protest demonstrations will be held at all 22 district headquarters across three region of the State.
“A State-level meeting of employees will be held tomorrow at 4 PM to discuss further course of action to take our agitation forward,” he said.
The protest demonstration by the employees affected work in Government offices.
In Srinagar, hundreds of employees staged a peaceful march seeking implementation of the commitments made by State Government. Led by senior JCC leaders Bashir Ahmad Ganai and Fayaz Shabnum, the employees took out a protest march from the office of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department to Divisional Commissioner’s office.
Later they submitted a memorandum of demands to Divisional Commissioner which includes enhancement of retirement age, regularization of daily wagers and removal of pay anomalies.
Talking to media persons on the occasion, Ganai alleged that coalition Government led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has failed to fulfill the promises made with employees.
“We will intensify our program if Government did not implement the promises made with us forthwith,” he said, adding, “On one hand Government is filling the coffers of legislators and bureaucrats but on the other it is indifferent towards our genuine demands.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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