Engineers rue non-fulfilment of demands, threaten stir

SJAC leaders addressing a press conference at Press Club Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel
SJAC leaders addressing a press conference at Press Club Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, June 29: The J&K State Action Committee of Graduate Engineering Associations (SJAC) today asked the Government to approve the SRO for the already approved ACP (Assured Career Progression).
SJAC also demanded that the process of regularization should be initiated on the lines of the Education Department without any further delay.
While lamenting the non-serious attitude of the Govt towards the engineers, they said: “We demand that the Govt should issue the SRO for the already approved ACP (Assured Career Progression) at an earliest, besides expediting the process of regularization on one time basis on the analogy of Education Department and the implementation of SRO 42 of 2011.”
The engineers were addressing a press conference which was attended by Farooq Ahmad Ganai, President J&K Civil Engineering Graduates Association, Firdous Ahmad Bhat, President J&K Mechanical Engineering Graduates Association and Pirzada Hidayatullah, General Secretary, J&K Electric Engineering Graduates Association.
“A deliberate mechanism of ad-hoc/ in-charge placement has been adopted in the Engineering Department to thrust the bonded labour system upon the engineers whereby they are asked to relinquish the duties at a higher post but shall be paid the salaries of a lower post,” they said.
“The process of regularization of the in-charge promotions may be initiated on the pattern of School Education Department on one-time exemption basis,” they said.
The engineers warned that if the Govt failed in fulfilling demands, they will proceed on protest leave for two days and will start a mass agitation, which would include suspension of developmental works.


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