Govt employees begin 3-day strike, present memoranda

JCC Threatens Indefinite Agitation

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Jan 8: Beginning three-day strike to press for implementation of the agreement reached with the government, employees Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) on Tuesday presented memorandum to the Deputy Commissioners across the state amid pen-down strike in government offices.
The employees are demanding enhancement of retirement age to 60 years, a policy on regularization of daily wagers and removal of pay anomalies.
Reports said thousands of employees across J&K held demonstrations at all the district headquarters and presented memorandum to the concerned Deputy Commissioners regarding the non-implementation of the agreement on their demands.
In Srinagar, hundreds of employees led by JCC leaders, Bashir Ahmed Ganie, Fayaz Shabnum, Fayaz Andrabi and Khursheed Ahmed Masoodi held demonstrations at Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department (CAPD) and then rallied to Deputy Commissioner Srinagar’s office where they presented a memorandum.
Reports said that hundreds of employees also took out a protest march in Islamabad (Anantnag) and presented a memorandum to the concerned Deputy Commissioner. Reports of similar demonstrations and presenting of memorandums also poured in from other south districts including Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian.
In north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the employees led by Muhammad Rafiq Rather staged protest march from mini-secretariat to DC office complex and presented memorandum to concerned DDC.  Memorandums were also presented to DCs by JCC leaders at Bandipora, Kupwara, Handwara and Ganderbal.
Senior JCC leader, Khursheed Alam appealed the Chief Minster to implement the agreement at earliest before the protests take an ugly turn. “JCC leadership received hundreds of phone calls from employees to give an indefinite strike call. I appeal Chief Minister to intervene as it will be difficult for us to stop agitating employees. Neither government nor JCC leadership can stop them.”
Abdul Qayoom Wani, senior JCC leader termed today’s programme as successful, “There was an overwhelming response to our strike call. All the government offices wore a deserted look today. The strike and protests will continue on Wednesday and Thursday as well,”
“We held protest demonstration at all 22 district headquarters of J&K and presented a memorandum to all the Deputy Commissioners regarding our demands. JCC has always been in favour of presenting their demands in a peaceful manner unlike government, who think they can crush our demands by dilly-dallying approach and use of force,” he added.
Wani also appealed the employees to observe pen-down strike and hold protest demonstrations outside their offices on Wednesday.

STRIKE PARALYSES GOVT OFFICES IN JAMMU
Abhinav Verma adds from Jammu: Work in almost all the government offices remained paralyzed on Tuesday in the state’s winter capital as the employees began three-day strike.
Reports from various parts of the region revealed that the employees suspended their work in almost all the districts in response to the strike call given by JCC.
"State government employees began 3-day shutdown from today to protest against the failure of the government to fulfill their demands and press for immediate implementation of the agreement," senior JCC leader Gafoor Dar told reporters. The main protest demonstration was held in front of the Divisional Commissioner's office at Railhead Jammu, where over 300 employees assembled and raised slogans to press for their demands.
A meeting of JCC was held in the evening under the chairmanship of Abdul Qayoom Wani.
Addressing the meeting Wani threatened that the option of indefinite strike would be considered if their demands were not met.
The employees will sit on a 'dharna' at the gates of government offices, schools and other establishments across the state tomorrow, Wani added.
Another JCC leader, Khursheed Alam said that the two major rallies have been planned in Jammu and Srinagar on January 10.
On Thursday the employees of Jammu region will assemble at Udhyog Bhawan and the government employees of valley would assemble at Sher-e-Kashmir Park, he added.
With inputs from Altaf Baba

Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 9 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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