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Govt employees stage protest, observe strike

Govt employees stage protest, observe strike

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU,  Jan 3: The Government employees from various departments and Public Sector Undertakings and pensioners besides daily rated and casual workers held strong protest rally  and dharna outside the office of Divisional Commissioner at Railway Road here today.
As a part of their two days’ strike programme on January 3 and 4 under the banner of J&K Govt Employees, Casual Labours, Workers  & Pensioners  United Platform, the members led by senior trade unionists   Mohd Gafoor Dar, Kulwant Singh, Tanveer Hussain, Akhil Sharma, Hari Singh, Rajinder Kumar, Nazir Ahmed Molvi, Yash Pal and others  assembled at Panama Chowk in the morning at around 11 am and then moved towards the office of Divisional Commissioner Jammu Dr Pawan Kotwal in the from of a large rally.
The protesting employees and workers were  carrying placards and banners in hands and were shouting slogans against the Govt and also in support of their demands. They said that despite assurance on the floor of the House several times regarding the fate of  about 60,000 daily rated/  casual and need base workers, the Govt has done nothing in this regard.
Then they reached outside the office of Divisional Commissioner Jammu at Rail Head complex and sat on day long dharna there. Several senior Trade Union members  also addressed the gathering.    They were demanding framing of regularization policy for the casual labours/ need based and other daily rated workers  and their regularization, implementation of 7th Pay Commission report  in the State and enhancement of  Medical allowance of  the employees and pensioners.
The trade unionists strongly condemned the anti-employee attitude of the   Govt and urged upon the Chief Minister to personally intervene in resolving the pending issues of the workers.
The covenor of  the Front said that similar protest demonstration was held at Srinagar  outside the office of Divisional Commissioner while tomorrow protest demonstration will be held at Press Club Jammu. Such programmes are also being held at various district headquarters.
A rally was also held at Doda under the banner of NTUF led by Barket Ali at PHE complex where speakers raised these common issues of the workers including regularization, release of pending wages  and implementation of 7th Pay Commission report.


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