SRINAGAR: The government offices in the state wore a deserted look due to shutdown called by Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) of employees unions seeking fulfillment of their pending demands.
The JCC had earlier called for a five-day protest programme from October 1 to 5, wherein it had appealed the employees fraternity of the state to observe a complete shutdown in offices on October 4 and 5.
According to reports all the government offices today witnessed very thin attendance due to the strike call. The JCC leadership had constituted special squads which inspected government offices to implement the shutdown on the ground.
Several employees leaders were arrested in different districts of valley when they tried to lead the protest processions. JCC spokesman Farooq Trali reiterated that a complete shutdown will be observed across the state. He further asked the employees to make assembly Gherao on October 5, a success.
While condemning the police action against the JCC leaders, Trali said that JCC leaders are being shifted to central jail in such a way as if they have committed some unlawful act. We have been compelled to come on roads; the government shows no concern towards our demands.
Meanwhile the CPIM leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami today raised the issues of state employees in the legislative assembly. Why the talks have failed with the employees, asked Tarigami adding that the crackdown on employees is a condemnable act. He further sought government to inform the House about the government stand on employees demands.
Pertinently around 4.5 lakh government employees are on strike to press for release of arrears under 6th pay commission, enhancement in retirement age from 58 to 60, increase in housing and rental allowance, regularization of contractual workers and ad-hocs.
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