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Govt employees, pensioners take out large protest rally

Govt employees, pensioners take out large protest rally

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 9:  As a part of their ongoing protest programme,  a large number of State Govt employees, temporary workers  and pensioners from various departments under united platform held strong protest demonstration at Press Club and took out a rally towards Civil Secretariat here today.
A large number of employees and pensioners from various Govt departments and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs),  besides daily rated/ casual/ need based workers assembled near Exhibition Ground here in the morning and started protest demonstration. Earlier, they moved to MA Stadium but the police did not allow them to assemble there due to security reasons.
Several senior Trade union leaders including Mohd Gafoor Dar,  Kulwant Singh,  Nazir Ahmed Moulvi,  Rajinder Kumar, Yash Pal, Subhash Chander, Ajaz Ahmed, Akhil Sharma and others were leading the protest.
The  protest programme was organised under the banner of  J&K Govt  Employees, Casual Labours, Workers and  Pensioners United Platform to press  the State  Govt  for  immediate  settlement of  burning demands of state working class which are pending  since a long. They alleged that the Coalition Govt in the state has miserably failed  to  uphold  the commitment  with  the most deserving lot  of casual labours  of all the departments  numbering more than 60,000 despite  assurances  on the  floor of the House.
In such a situation,  when the prices of essential commodities are touching the sky  and  7th Pay Commission has been implemented  for the Central Govt employees, it has   also become necessary to implement the same here for the State Govt  employees  / Public Sector workers & pensioners.  However, need base casual labours of all the departments engaged after 1994 are working without any regularization policy since 1994  and most of the highly educated casual labours have become overage and cannot apply anywhere for Govt service.
These poor workers have joined as casual labours in various departments with the hope that one day they will be regularized as done by the Govt under SRO 64, but it is very unfortunate that the successive Govts have completely failed to do justice with this poor section of the casual labours. They demanded that casual/ need based and daily wagers be regularized, they should be paid regularly through proper wage head, 7th Pay Commission report be  implemented.
Later,  a massive procession was taken from Press Club to the  Civil Secretariat passing through Gumut, Bus Stand  and Indira Chowk. But the police did not allow them beyond Indira Chowk.

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