Work paralysed as 2-day pen down strike by clerical cadre begins

Excelsior Correspondent

Ministerial staff of Health Department holding protest on first day of pen-down strike at Jammu on Tuesday.

JAMMU, June 18: Normal work  in all the Government Departments was  paralyzed  on first day of  pen down strike by the clerical cadre today. The agitating employees held  protest demonstrations at all the district headquarters across the State.
The call for two-day strike has been given by Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Clerical Staff Association for implementation of the agreement reached out with the Government on  removal of pay anomalies.
In Jammu city, the clerical cadre in different Government Departments observed complete strike in their respective office complexes and held  strong protest demonstrations.
These demonstrations were addressed by various leaders of the employees. They condemned alleged callous attitude of the State Government towards the grievance of Clerical cadre, which has taken to streets once again. They appealed the State Government  for removal of pay anomalies while granting the pay scale of Rs 4000-6000  to Junior Assistant, Rs 4500-7000 to Senior Assistant, Jr Statistical Assistant and Rs 5500-9000 to  Head Assistant /Statistical Asstts.
Those who addressed the employees included Ravi Singh Bhau,  Sukhbir Singh, Ravi Kumar, Bashir  Mallik, Yash Paul Sharma, Ravinder Singh (PLG.), Mohan Lal Kangotra, Hamid  Hussain, Rajinder Singh, Jaideep Singh, Ram Dass Thapa, J  R Sagar, Kirpal Singh, Brijesh Mehta, Avtar Krishan, Anil Kesar ,  Lalita Bali, Onkar Chand, Vikas Gupta, Raj Kishore, Ranbir Singh Bhau and Vinod Kumar.
J&K Forest Ministerial Staff Association held protest demonstration under the leadership of Sukhbir Singh Sudan while the Municipal Employees Union ( Ministerial) members were led Rohit George.
Reports from other district headquarters said that protest demonstrations were held in Samba, Reasi, Udhampur, Poonch, Rajouri, Kathua etc by the Clerical staff, who observed a complete pen down strike. They warned to go on indefinite strike if the pay anomaly is not removed by the Government.
Tomorrow, on second day of the pen-down strike, protest rallies will be held again at all the district headquarters, including at Jawahar Lal Nehru Udyog Bhawan, Rail Head Complex, Jammu.

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