FCI staff strike hits PDS in Kashmir

Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 13 2017 12:50AM | Updated Date: Sep 13 2017 12:50AM
FCI staff strike hits PDS in Kashmir

The ongoing strike by the employees of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) in Kashmir on Tuesday entered a week with no attempts by the management to resolve the issue with the result the entire public distribution system has collapsed impacting lakhs of households.

President Joint Action Committee (worker’s and labor’s union) Haji Nisar Ahmad Dar said since September 7 the depot operations have been suspended in Kashmir. 

“These steps were taken after prior intimation to the management. But the management turned a deaf ear to all our genuine demands and should be responsible for all the ill-effects of our indefinite strike. If the management fails to redress genuine and legitimate demands of the Unions, we will expand the domain of protests to the entire state of J&K for which the management shall be solely responsible,” said Haji Nisar Ahmad Dar.

According to Haji Nisar, the manpower posted in Kashmir are making efforts to increase FCI’s efficiency by working long hours, on holidays and weekday’s. 

“However, an employee is pushed to take multiple charges on account of paucity of staff here. Owing to this, the accuracy of the staff degrades to a particular job at hand. The management, instead of being lenient with the staff takes negative reinforcement to intimidate and harass the staff by issuing baseless suspensions, show cause notices and levelling of charge sheets,” he said in a statment.

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