JDA employees go on hunger strike

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 29: The Jammu Development Authority (JDA) employees have gone on chain-hunger strike from Monday in support of their long pending demands.
The employees and workers of the JDA, under the banner of JDA Employees Union led by its president, Ashok Singh Jamwal and general secretary, Kuldeeep Sharma are on chain hunger strike for the last two days. They are protesting against the adamant attitude of the higher authorities in JDA including the VC and the Minister for Housing and Urban Development, for not addressing their pending issues.
The Union members initially went on two day strike on May 22-23 and then they extended it for next three days. Following indifferent and negative response from the VC, Secretary and the higher authorities, they now have went on indefinite chain hunger strike. The Union members claimed that if the authorities remained rigid and mum, they will further intensify their agitation and convert the chain hunger strike into fast unto death and in case of any mis-happening, the JDA higher officials and the Minister in-charge will be responsible.
Today on second day of the chain hunger strike Des Raj, Jagvinder Singh, Radha Krishan, Jagdish Kotwal and Thoru Ram sat on one day fast and dharna outside JDA office at Rail Head complex. A large number of other employees joined protest dharna which continued throughout the day. President and other senior trade unionists addressed the gathering. The employees were raising slogans against Sarita Chouhan (VC), Commissioner H &UD and the Minister concerned Tara Chand (DyCM).
These employees are demanding regularization of daily wagers and consolidated employees, implementation of SRO-43, release of arrears of 6th Pay Commission, grade of helpers, In-situ promotions, implementation of timings in JDA offices as per timings implemented in other Govt offices from 8 am to 2 pm and not 10 am to 4 pm during these summer months, change of transfer policy of plots/ shops, renewal of expiry of lease deeds of shops/ plots and to start construction work on the approved projects without any delay.
Ashok Singh said that earlier the Union members had met the VC JDA and apprised her of their problems and their genuine issues. She gave three weeks time to the Union but as she failed to honour her commitment, the employees were forced to go on strike and then launched hunger strike, getting negative and rigid response. Rajinder Singh, Kuldeep Sharma, Aryan and Des Raj also addressed gathering.