JAMMU, Apr 29: The low paid Government employees took out a large rally in the winter capital city here to pay their rich tributes to the martyrs of May Day.
A large number of employees and pensioners from various districts and tehsils of Jammu province, under the banner of All J&K Low Paid Government Employees Federation (LPEF), assembled at Parade Ground this afternoon and took out a large rally under the leadership of Abdul Majid Khan, veteran trade unionist and State president of the Federation and Provincial president LPEF, Jagdish Raj Sharma.
Khan, Sharma and many other trade unionists remembered the sacrifices of the martyrs of May Day in Chicago (USA) who fought for the rights of working class and paid their tributes. They said that it was due to sacrifices of those trade unionists, due to which the working class earned a weekly off and fixed working hours across the world about 150 years ago.
They further said that the anti-people and anti-working class policies of the successive Central and State Governments headed by the exploiting ruling classes, the prices of the essential commodities have gone sky high and service conditions have very rapidly been made unsecure due to which working classes and toiling masses are being made to suffer multiple types of miseries and hardships.
General secretary of the Federation, Om Parkash; Krishan Singh, president J&K State Pensioners Association; Anil Verma, leading representative from Provincial Teachers Association also spoke on the occasion and projected the issues of employees and pensioners, while paying rich tributes to martyrs of May Day.
The speakers made a strong appeal to the Governor’s Administration to enhance Medical Allowance from present paltry rate of Rs 300 per month to Rs 1000 p.m. on Central pattern, provide Health Insurance cover to employees and pensioners with affordable annual premium as this class is unable to afford medical expenses out of their fixed resources; restore LTC in the J&K state, raise minimum daily wage to Rs 400 , regularise daily wage workers after removing anti-workers provisions from SRO 520 of 2018 without any delay; regularize services of Village Guards as Class IV employees and enhance their remuneration; release arrears of 7th Pay Commission in one go and expedite pension revision cases in AG office.
The May Day rally after passing through Parade, Purani Mandi, City Chowk, Raghunath Bazaar, Residency Road, finally culminated at Shahidi Chowk.