PHE staff threaten stir

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Srinagar: Accusing government of resorting to regional disparity, the permanent civil and mechanical employees of Kashmir Division from Public Health Engineering (PHE) Thursday declared that they will start an agitation against the negative rule of higher authorities in fulfilling their long demands of rationalization of pay scales in a revised set on the same analogy as has been done in favour of PHE Department Jammu.
All Kashmir PHE Employees Federation said that they will stage a protest demonstration on 30 May (Monday) against what they said government biased policies towards Kashmiri employees.
 “The Government issued an order vide number 74 of 1991 during Governor Rule where under sanction to the rationalization of the pay scales in revised set up of the field staff has been accorded in favour of Jammu PHE employees alone and an additional number of 1728 technical/non technical posts in field have been sanctioned through this said order. The interests of the employees of Kashmir working in the same department have been violated,” Chairman GA Nath said.
The Federation said that despite repeatedly bringing the matter into the notice of authorities nothing was done to address the issue. “Agitation is the only tool left with us. If the government did not address our issue we will come on roads on daily basis,” the employees said.

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