Govt Employees Begin 3-day Strike

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SRINAGAR: Normal work was badly hit on the first day of three day strike called by the employees Joint Consultative Committee, which began on Tuesday in government offices across Jammu and Kashmir. The pen down and protest programme spanning three days had earlier been called for by the JCC in its effort to pressurize the authorities for fulfilling their long pending demands including enhancement of retirement age of state employees from 58 to 60 years.

Demanding the implementation of the agreement reached between the JCC and the State Government last year, the employees pledged that they would continue their agitation till their genuine demands are not conceded by the Government.

To register their protest, employees under the banner of JCC staged protest demonstrations in Jammu including 22 districts of Kashmir and presented memorandum to the Deputy Commissioners’  demanding the implementation of the agreement.

Besides other places, the main demonstrations were held at Jammu and at CAPD premises in Srinagar. Addressing the protesters, JCC leaders said the Government is ignoring the genuine demands of the employees. “Now we will not give up our agitation till our demands are not conceded”, they said.

They also said the Government employees have been continuously staging protest demonstrations in support of their demands but the Government has so far been unmoved.

Addressing the protesters, JCC spokesperson Abdul Gafur Dar said the Government has back-tracked from the agreement which was reached with employees. He informed that they would intensify their agitation if the Government does not concede to the genuine demands of the employees.

Similar protest demonstrations were reported from all district headquarters of the region, where normal work in Government offices was affected.

According to reports, the work in Government offices was paralyzed in the both summer and winter capital due to the strike. Similar reports also poured in from south Kashmir districts of Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama and north Kashmir districts of Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora. JCC leaders are likely to announce indefinite strike on 10th January if their demands are not met by then, sources said. (KNS)

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