JCC Announces 17-Day Statewide Relay Protests

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SRINAGAR (KNS) – The Joint Consultative Committee, an umbrella organization of state government employees in Jammu and Kashmir, Tuesday announced a schedule of 17-day relay protests ahead of its 2-day general strike in middle of December, including a march to the governor’s house at Jammu to press its demands. Decision to the effect was taken at a meeting of JCC here.

Giving details of the decisions, JCC spokesman, Farooq Ahmad Trali, said peaceful relay protests would be staged between November 19 and December 13 to cover all the 22 districts of the state. These would be led by JCC leaders, including Abdul Qayoom Wani, Muhammad Khursheed Aalam, Haji Bashir Ahmad Ganai, Fayaz Andrabi, Farooq Trali, Muntazir Mohi-ud-din, Kulwant Singh, Abdul Gafoor Dar and others.

Beginning at Anantnag on November 19, the protests would be held at Kulgam and Bhadarwah on November 21, Shopian 22nd, Budgam 26th, Pulwama 27th, Ganderbal 29th, Baramulla on December 1, Rajouri and Poonch on 3rd December, Kupwara 6th, Leh and Samba on 7th, Kargil and Kathua on 8th, Ramban 10th, Kishtwar and Doda on 11th, Srinagar 12th and Udhampur on 13th.

He said that after holding the protests, the JCC leaders would present memoranda to the respective deputy commissioners listing the employees’ demands which include the enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years, regularization of daily wagers, casual and contractual employees and anganwari workers, and release of 6th Pay Commission arrears.

On December 14 and 15, the spokesman said, four and a half lakh employees, daily wagers, contractual employees, anganwari and public sector workers would observe total strike in their offices and institutions. On December 15, all the protesting employees would assemble at the winter capital and organize a peaceful march to governor house to present a memorandum containing the charter of their demands to N N Vohra. 

Talking to reporters after the JCC meeting, Wani and Aalam accused the government of backtracking from its commitment to resolve the pending issues by September 15 this year. “The JCC leadership does not believe in any confrontation with the government but would warn it of dire consequences if it continued with its delaying tactics. Using our democratic rights, we will continue our struggle to get our demands fulfilled,” they said, adding the JCC would announce a long-drawn agitation in case the government did not fulfill its assurances immediately.

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