Employees resent Govt diktat of ‘stopping’ salaries; ‘Jaan hai to jahan hai’

The employees have protested a government “order” directing the heads of departments to stop salaries of absentee employees.
Employees resent Govt diktat of ‘stopping’ salaries; ‘Jaan hai to jahan hai’
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The employees have protested a government "order" directing the heads of departments to stop salaries of absentee employees.

"Jaan hai to jahaan hai," J&K Civil Secretariat Non-Gazetted Employees Union president Ghulam Rasool Mir told KNS.

"Due to the prevailing situation, it is quite dangerous for the employees to reach their offices. While security forces don't accept either curfew passes or ID proofs, protesters also cannot allow us to move to offices," Mir said.

He asked when ministers cannot leave their homes, how can employees move out in such a situation?

"Let government stop our salaries, then we will see what legal recourse we can take," he added.

The government offices in the Valley have witnessed thin attendance since July 8 after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen young commander Burhan Wani. Authorities had earlier asked all employees to report for duty saying identity cards would be considered as curfew passes.

"For employees, the situation is a double-edged sword. On one side are government and its forces, and on the other side are protesters. Those officials who issued such order are secured in fortified offices, while employees have to travel in risky situation," Manzoor Pampori, vice president of Employees Joint Action Committee told KNS.

"Whole valley is on fire and the government wants the employees to burn in this fire," Pampori added.

On the government threatening to stop salary of employees, Pampori said the trade unions will "confront" the government on such a move, and will frame a strategy accordingly once "our salary is not released."

Pampori said that even secretariat employees who live in Srinagar in government quarters could not attend to their duties. "Only 20 per cent employees in secretariat attend to their duties when they live in Srinagar. How can an employee travel to his office from any other area. Whole valley is under strict curfew. Who can risk his life," he said.

When contacted Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, said he was in a meeting. (KNS)

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