Meet Demands By Feb 18, Or Face 5-Day Strike: JCC To Govt

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SRINAGAR: Employees’ leaders on Friday gave the state government what they described as the last deadline to meet its demands, saying that they would go on a five day strike from February 19 otherwise.

Asking authorities to announce its decisions by February 18, the Joint Consultative Committee said that it would not “sit with folded hands” if the government failed to act by then.

In separate press conferences in Srinagar and Jammu, JCC leaders Khurhseed Aalam and Abdul Qayoom Wani criticised the government for having termed their agitation as political.

“Our profession is not politics. We are here to represent the aspirations and demands of 4.5 lakh state government employees. The government should desist from making comments against JCC leaders,” Aalam said.

 “We get an impression that the government wants to derive political mileage out of employees’ demands. It wants to reserve its decision till a particular time, but we caution the government to desist from playing politics with the sentiments of the employees,” the JCC leaders said

They warned the government of “serious repercussions,” saying that it would “invite trouble” for itself with any further delaying tactics.

Announcing their plans if the government did not meet its deadline, the JCC leaders said that government offices would remain totally closed for three days from February 19, with marches on the first day and sit ins before offices on the other two days.

On February 23, the employees will hold protests at the civil secretariat in Jammu, and at the press enclave in Srinagar, they said. 

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