The government officials working as clerks in different state departments on Sunday called off their over 3-week-long strike after finance minister Syed Altaf Bukhari assured their demands will be addressed soon.
The employees who had been on strike since April 16 seeking removal of pay anomaly, today decided to resume their duties for one month from Monday hoping a formal order will be issued by the government to address their issue as per the commitment by the finance minister.
Speaking with Greater Kashmir after holding a meeting with representatives of the striking employees at Banquet Hall here, the finance minister said that their resuming the duties will give a huge relief to the common man as the work in the government offices had been hampered.
"It was agreed in the meeting that the clerical staff presently on strike will resume duties positively from tomorrow (Monday) to ensure smooth functioning in the government offices," Bukhari said.
He added that it was agreed in principle that the issues of the striking employees will be "looked into on priority."
He however said that the "new" framework to be devised in this regard "will mean huge burden on state exchequer. Yet in the larger interest of the welfare of the people and the employees we will bear the burden," Bukhari said.
Bukhari said the meeting which was also attended by chief secretary B B Vyas and principle secretary, finance, Navin Choudhary unanimously agreed to the suggestions made by representatives of the striking employees.
"The rollout of framework will be ensured in a month in which all necessary modalities will be worked out. A committee already constituted for the purpose (removal of pay anomaly) will work out modalities in consultation with representatives of the clerical association," Bukhari said.
Meanwhile, Ali Muhammad Mir, president Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh All Departments Clerical Staff Association welcomed the "decision" of the finance minister. He said the striking employees will resume their duties on Monday.
"The meeting was fruitful and we have decided to call off the strike in the larger interest of common people," he said, adding that the finance minister had taken all the facts into consideration.
However, Mir said the employees will work for next one month with a hope that the government will "come out with a formal order to end pay anomaly."