Govt employees stage demos

RAJ BHAWAN GHERAO TODAY

MUDASIR YAQOOB

Srinagar, June 21: Hundreds of government employees under the banner of Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), an amalgam of various employees unions, Friday assembled at various district headquarters and staged protest demonstration in support of their demands. JCC demands include enhancement in retirement age of employees from 58 to 60 years, regularization of daily wagers and consolidated workers and removal of pay anomalies in all departments.
According to JCC agitation program, employees would observe pen down strike, assemble in Sher-i-Kashmir Park here on Saturday and march towards Raj Bhawan to press for their demands.
JCC members assembled at Press Enclave here and staged protest demonstrations, raising anti-government slogans like ‘Mehnat hamari loot tumhari nahi chalegi (We’ll not allow anyone to exploit our hard work).”
Though the protestors dispersed peacefully, police detained a few of them only to be released within 15 minutes. Farooq Trali led the protest demonstrations while Muntazir Mohiddin and Shabnam Fayaz presented memorandum of demands to DC.
Protest demonstrations were also held at other district headquarters and memorandum were presented to DCs. GM Hamdard in Budgam, Manzoor Pampori in Pulwama, Showkat Ali Beigh in Islamabad (Anantnag), Muntazir Ganai in Kulgam, Muhammad Ishaq in Shopian, Peerzada Shariefudin in Bandipora, Mir Ajaz in Kupwara and Muhammad Rafi in Baramulla led the protests.
No reports of lathi-charge or detention of protestors were received from the districts.
Reports of protests were also received from Jammu where demonstrations were led by senior JCC leaders Gafoor Dar and Ganesh Khujuria.
Terming the attitude of government ‘negative and dishonest’ towards the demands of state employees, senior JCC leader Abdul Qayoom Wani said: “We’ll not allow any politician to politicize state employees or their issues. JCC is competent enough to achieve its desired goals on its own. Our struggle will continue and we’ll intensify it if government fails to execute its agreement with JCC.”
He said that government has proven its dishonesty and anti-employee attitude. He reiterated JCC call for Raj Bhawan gherao on Saturday.
Asked whether JCC has got permission from any competent authority to assemble at Sher-e-Kashmir Park, he said: “We are observing anti-government demonstrations, how can government grant any such permission to us. Our demonstrations are shame to government.” He said that thousands of employees are going to participate in Raj Bhawan gherao protest program.
Accusing the government of backing out from its commitment and committing breach of agreement, JCC spokesperson Farooq Trali said: “The government is showing indifferent attitude towards our demands. It entered into an agreement with JCC on September 15, 2011 and conceded all our demands but it has miserably failed to settle the issue amicably, compelling us to resort to agitation.” He said that JCC did not opt for any strike after it signed the agreement. “However, the callous attitude of the government has forced us to have a re-think and call for pen down strike.”
Asked whether authorities would allow them to proceed towards Raj Bhawan, he said: “We have been making an effort to awake the government from its deep slumber. If we succeed to reach Raj Bhawan, hundreds of police officers will be suspended within no time.” He was quick to add that policemen are their brothers and they have great respect for their duties, adding, “We’ll assemble at the decided venue and proceed towards Raj Bhawan.”

Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Jun 2013 00:00:00 IST




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