Police Foils Employees’ Sectt Gherao

Indefinite Strike If Govt Fails To Implement Agreement: JCC

SRINAGAR (ONS) – Scores of employees were injured when police used force to foil their march to the Civil Secretariat and to gherao the seat of power in the winter capital on Tuesday. At least 100 employees, including several of their leaders, were taken into custody.

Following the 2-day pen-down strike called by the Joint Consultative Committee of employees to press their demands, work in government offices and institutions all over the state remained paralyzed on the first day of the 2-day strike as protest rallies were held at the divisional and district headquarters.  

The JCC-sponsored pen-down strike will continue tomorrow even as the umbrella organization threatened an indefinite strike if the government failed to implement the agreement it had signed with the body last year setting the September 15, 2012 deadline

for it.

Reports coming from the winter capital said hundreds of employees assembled near the Press Club this morning and set off on a march towards the Civil Secretariat. However, police deployed in strength everywhere intercepted the slogan-shouting employees near Gumat triggering a clash in which police cane charged the employees injuring scores of them, including Sayeedah Ladakhi, Riyaz Ahmad Sofi and Abdul Majeed Paray. They were rushed to hospitals.   

Sources said at least 100 protesters, including JCC leaders, Abdul Qayoom Wani, Muhammad Khursheed Alam, Abdul Gafoor Dar, Ghulam Rasool Bhat, G M Pandit, Sayeedah Ladakhi and others, were taken into custody and whisked away. They were lodged in various police lock-ups besides Gandhi Nagar Police Lines.

At Srinagar, hundreds of employees assembled in the premises of CAPD directorate and shouting slogans marched to the nearby Revenue Complex where they squatted on the road. A memorandum spelling our the employees’ demands was presented to the divisional commissioner, Dr Asghar Hasan Samoon.   

“The government will have to face dire consequences, if demands of JCC are not met. It cannot make promises to break them. We’ll launch an indefinite state-wide agitation if the government doesn’t implement its promises without any further delay,” JCC leaders, Wani and Alam, told KNS on phone from Jammu.

Another leader of the JCC, Abdul Qayoom Wani said that “The government cannot suppress the voice and genuine demands of employees using force. The JCC has always supported the peaceful agreements and dialogue for its demands but it is the government which is backtracking from its promises and agreements it entered with us,” JCC leader, Abdul Qayoom Wani, told KNS. Alam said the government had asked for time till September which had passed. “Now we’ve no option but to launch a massive agitation,” he warned.

Sources said the JCC leaders would meet on Wednesday afternoon and announce their further program at a press conference on Thursday.

The employees are demanding enhancement in retirement age from 58 to 60 years, payment of arrears as per recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, regularization of services of daily wage and ad hoc employees, and increase in the remunerations of Anganwadi workers. (With inputs from Agencies)

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