Sectt employees stage protest

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 21: The Secretariat employees today held a protest demonstration in the Civil Secretariat complex, Srinagar and raised slogans against the Government.
The protest was organised to register resentment against the Government over its refusal to address genuine demands of the employees.
Thannaji Bhat, general secretary, Muzafar Nabi, secretary, Mohammad Afzal, general secretary, JKCSLGEU Maqbool Hussain, president JKCSLGEU and Ghulam Rasool Mir president CSNGEU addressed the assembly of employees.
Speaking in the occasion, chairman, J&K Civil Secretariat Employees Coordination Committee, Ghulam Rasool Mir said that the Government, it seems, has gone in sleeping mode. He said that e- Ministers have put the directions of the Chief Minister with regard to resolution of pending issues of the employees on shelf, with no progress in sight.
He demanded that Government should finalise pay anomaly and undertake cadre review immediately besides implement the 7th Pay Commission. He further added that bureaucrats sitting in the power corridors have been adopted delaying tactics to kill time only.
Mir said Minister’s have posted outsiders in their Personal Sections and thereby encouraged attachments in the Civil Secretariat and created indiscipline and mess that is adversely affecting the working and functioning of the Civil Secretariat. He demanded immediate revocation of such attachment orders otherwise employees would be forced to lock such sections/offices.
With regard to delay in construction of government quarters, he said that apparently there is some nexus between Government and the Hoteliers resulting in delay in construction of quarters for employees even after directions given by the Chief Minister for taking up the construction work at the earliest.
He said there are hundreds of quarters occupied by influencial persons connected to ministers and bureaucrats who neither pay any rent to the Estates Department nor is any HRA deducted from their salaries.
On the issue of canteen , he said the employees had requested the Govt to close JKTDC canteen within the premises of Secretariat and establish canteen on open tender basis as present canteen has hiked rates.
Mir and other trade unionists appealed to the employees to gear up for big struggle.


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