Employees' bodies, deptts start donating to J&K Relief Fund to fight corona pandemic

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The gazetted and non-gazetted employees of Horticulture department, Kashmir Sunday announced to contribute two days and one-day salary respectively to J&K Government’s Relief Fund. 

Director Horticulture, Ajaz Ahmad said all officers at divisional and district level discussed the matter through WattsApp.

“We are contributing towards the welfare fund created by government as a symbolic gesture,” said Ahmad.

He said the DDOs have been directed to deduct two-day salary of the gazetted employees and one day-salary of non-gazetted employees for the month of March.

Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) appealed the government employees to donate one-day salary to the Fund.

An EJAC member said if all 4.5 lakh government employees donate to the Fund it would sum up to Rs 60 crore.

The EJAC President Fayaz Ahmad Shabnam said they have made the appeal on the humanitarian grounds.

“EJAC is a part and parcel of the society. We want there should be no financial hindrance in countering the pandemic of coronavirus. We also want to do our bit,” he said.

Employees Joint Consultative Committee (EJCC) said it has decided to donate one-day salary towards the Fund.

“The decision was unanimously taken by the core group of the Association,” said EJCC Chairman Ajaz Ahmad Khan.

Khan said the Committee was also submitting a written representation in this regard before the competent authority so that the funds could be deducted by the DDOs concerned from their salaries.

Meanwhile, Non-Gazetted Employees Welfare Association (NGEWA) of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), here have also decided to donate one-day salary toi the Fund, said KNO, a local news gathering agency. 

The Association comprises more than 5000 employees. It said the employees have conveyed their decision to the Director SKIMS.

“We have decided to donate our one-day salary for the treatment of COVID19 patients for the sake of humanity,” said NGEWA President Ishtiyaq Ahmed Beig.

All J&K Revenue Officers Association has also decided to contribute one-day salary to the Funds, said its President Shiekh Tariq Ahmad.