Employees Raj Bhavan March Foiled

Employees Raj Bhavan March Foiled

15 December 2012
Greater Kashmir
Zahid Maqbool

Srinagar: Police on Saturday foiled the march to Raj Bhavan in Jammu called by Joint Consultative Committee even as government employees observed pen down strike for the second day across Jammu and Kashmir to press for their demands. Reports said hundreds of employees led by JCC leaders Abdul Qayoom Wani, Khursheed Alam and Gafoor Dar tried to march from Moulana Azad Stadium towards Raj Bhavan, however police personnel deployed in strength intercepted the rally at Gomat Chowk. But employees managed to regroup and again set for Raj Bhavan, but police swung into action and detained key JCC leaders and scores of employees. Routine work was affected in government offices across the state as the employees continued their strike for second consecutive day. “There was strike in government offices and work was paralyzed but government has turned a deaf ear to our demands. If the government does not implement the agreement, we will intensify our agitation,' President Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) Muhammad Gafoor Dar said. The striking employees, under the aegis of Joint Consultative Committee, are demanding a policy on regularization of daily-wage earners, besides enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 68 years and removal of pay anomalies. “State government has backtracked from its promise made with the employees”, he said, adding, “State government failed to implement the signed agreement according to which all the demands were to be conceded.” JCC leader Abdul Qayoom Wani castigated the government for alleged highhandedness. “Despite curbs by the government, more than 10,000 employees tried to participate in the sit-in outside Raj Bhavan. But police baton-charged the employees. We had called a peaceful sit-in, but government is trying to suppress us with force. I warn the government to pay heed to the demands of employees or face dire consequences.” “The indifferent approach of the government is forcing us to announce tough program. We are under pressure from employees to call for indefinite strike, but we take into consideration the problems which will result from the strike. Government is pushing us to the wall,” said JCC leader Khursheed Alam. JCC said the future course of action will be announced tomorrow. Pertinently, JCC leaders had reached an agreement with state government on September 15, 2011, following strike by employees in favour of their demand of payment of sixth pay commission arrears, enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years, removal of pay anomalies, regularization of services of daily wagers, adhoc, consolidated workers engaged in various departments. JCC leaders Abdul Gafoor Dar, Nusrat Ahmed Beigh, Fayaz Shabnum, Ghulam Rasool Geelani, Nazir Ahmed Molvi and others thanked the employees for observing the pen-down strike.