Govt Work Hit On Second Day

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JCC Threatens Indefinite Strike

SRINAGAR: Work in government offices remained hit for the second day on Wednesday, with the employees’ Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) threatening an indefinite strike if its demands were not met.

Employees have struck work for three days over regularisation of various categories of “temporary” employees and hike in retirement age on which the government has been blowing hot and cold since 2011.

Repeated lockdowns by around 4.5 lakh state government employees earning handsome salaries at public expense are an intolerable financial burden on cash-strapped Jammu and Kashmir.  

The government has failed to meet at least two deadlines it had announced to take a decision on the issues.

The JCC today said that government had “ditched and backstabbed” it by failing to uphold agreements made with employees’ leaders a number of times.

“On the personal intervention of chief minister Omar Abdullah and his advisor Devinder Rana, we negotiated with the government and gave it time which it had asked for,” JCC leader Khursheed Aalam said. “Even agreements were signed between the government and employees’ leadership but thus far it has backtracked from commitments.” 

“We won’t step back even if we have to launch an indefinite strike,” he said, adding that the government was pushing the JCC to extreme steps.  

Another JCC leader, Abdul Qayoom Wani, said that the political leadership was creating hurdles in resolving the issue.

“The government had set up a committee under the chief secretary, which has already submitted its report, but it is unfortunate that nothing is being done to implement its recommendations,” he said.

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