EMPLOYEES STRIKE CONTINUES ON DAY 2

Next Phase Will Be Final Chance For Govt: JCC

IMRAN MUZAFFAR/

ABHINAV VERMA

Srinagar/Jammu, Jan 9: Work in government offices across the state was affected on the second consecutive day Wednesday in response to the three-day strike called by Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) of state employees. Demonstrations were held to press for fulfillment of demands including enhancement of retirement age to 60 years, regularization of daily wagers and removal of pay anomalies.
According to reports, hundreds of employees held protest demonstrations in divisional and directorate offices in both the divisions of the state while government offices remained non-functional in support of the strike call.
On Thursday, the JCC would chalk out a “decisive strategy” that would “shake” the government, a spokesperson said. “On the third day of the strike, a mega demonstration would be held in Srinagar from Sher-i-Kashmir Park to Divisional Commissioner’s office,” JCC spokesperson Farooq Ahmad Trali said. “In Jammu, a similar procession will be held from Udyog Bhawan to Divisional Commissioner’s office,” he said. “In case J&K government gives cold response, a crucial meeting would be held to chalk out future course of action that will be of intense nature,” the spokesperson said.
Over 4.5 lakh employees of the state, Trali said, were ready for a “decisive battle” to pursue their genuine demands. “The next program would be


of an intensified agitation of prolonged nature that would shake the government,” he said, adding that the employees had given sufficient time to government to think over their demands. “The 5th phase would be decisive and a final chance to government,” Trali said.
Senior JCC leader Khurshid Alam said the state government should understand the demands of employees. “The July 2012 agreement, which was signed by Chief Secretary and Advisor to Chief Minister, has to be implemented. We are not getting any positive response from the government. This time if the government fails to pay heed to our demands, a decisive struggle would be chalked out,” he said.
“Peaceful demonstrations are not yielding any results. It is the moral responsibility of Chief Minister to intervene in implementation of the agreement, otherwise a more decisive and indefinite strike would be initiated,” he said.
Alam said the government has pushed the JCC to the wall. “Whenever any agreement was broken, its fallout has always been a war,” he said.
On Tuesday, the employees presented memoranda to Deputy Commissioners across the state amid strike in government offices to press for implementation of the agreement reached with the government last year.
In Jammu division, work remained paralyzed in most government offices for second consecutive day. Employees staged protest demonstrations in various offices.
Extending support to JCC, Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council (JKSC) employees staged a protest demonstration on Wednesday. Addressing the protesters, JKSC union president Vikram Jeet Singh criticized the state government for adopting delaying tactics.
“Attitude of state government is compelling us to take the agitation path. In the past we had adopted various peaceful ways to press the government to concede our long pending demands, but the state government is dragging its feet,” he rued.
Vice-president of JKSC union Vijay Choudhary said the employees would continue their agitation till their demands would not be conceded.
Jammu and Kashmir Academy for Art, Culture and Languages Workers Union also demonstrated against the state government.
Addressing the protesters, Ramesh Kumar said that employees have resolved to launch a meaningful battle against the state government for their just and genuine demands.
Workers of Jammu Municipal Corporation also staged a protest under the leadership of Rinku Gill while the employees of Sheep Husbandry staged protest at their office.
Extending moral support to the ongoing agitation of employees, president of Civil Secretariat Non-Gazetted Employees Union, Rauf Ahmad, urged upon the government to fulfill the promise made through agreements. Rauf appealed to all the employee unions and associations across the board to come and join hands under one banner, setting aside all differences in the interest of welfare of employees.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 9 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 9 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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