Civil Secretariat Employees Announce Strike From July 30

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SRINAGAR —The coordination committee of the Civil Secretariat Employees Union has said it will hold strike from Monday, July 30, against the government’s failure to resolve the issues the secretariat employees are facing.

A statement said that the Civil Secretariat Employ­ees Union held a meeting on Tues­day at its office at Civil Secretariat here to discuss various issues of the employees.

The meeting according to the statement was chaired by the Union chairman Ghulam Rasool Mir and participated by President J&K Lower Grade Employees Union Maqbool Hussain, Presi­dent J&K Legislative Assembly Mukhtar Ahmad Wani and other representatives of the Union.

The core issues of the employ­ees which have been pending since long and are still hanging in bal­ance despite directions of authori­ties passed from time to time were discussed, the statement said.

The meeting observed that most of these issues have been agreed upon or approved by authorities.

The statement said, “The PAC/ Finance Department has recom­mended/cleared the removal of pay anomaly/disparity in respect of clerical cadre and few other cadres which also stands approved by the then finance minister and later on by the Advisor (V) for placing be­fore the SAC, but, the matter is be­ing delayed due to known reasons which have created resentment among the employees of the state.”

It said the revocation of SRO-202 of 2015 and also the cadre review/ career progression of planning, accounts and legal services and implementation of leftover recom­mendations of the cadre review committee in respect of secretariat subordinate services has also been approved. This included issuance of notification/restoration of slots for different feeding services and separate services on the analogy of private secretaries /ADOs.

Other approved issues include: Eviction of illegal occupants from estates government quarters at Srinagar/Jammu and their allot­ment to Darbar move employees; accord of priority in allotment of government accommodation in fa­vour of female/handicapped move office employees; speeding up of construction work of government quarters/accommodation at iden­tified places in Srinagar/Jammu.

During the course of the meet­ing, it was informed that some of­ficers (administrative secretaries) do not cooperate with their subordi­nate employees at the time of their genuine casual leaves and earned leaves by deferring their sensation/ approval thereby causing unneces­sary delay leading to mental harass­ment among the serving subordi­nate staff in the Civil Secretariat.

“It has been also observed that various employees including fe­male employees of the Civil Sec­retariat are forced to attend office during holidays and also directed to sit during late hours without providing any transport facility, which is sheer injustice and vio­lation of the Government Order No. 1584of GAD of 2017 dated 14-12- 2017,” the statement said.

Further, it was emphasized that government is not serious about the issue of cancellation/de­tachment of attached staff who are still wording in various admin­istrative departments through “proxy” despite standing orders from the government for their im­mediate detachment.

“This practice has created uncer­tainty and indiscipline in smooth functioning of the government business at the level of secretariat, besides putting burden on the state exchequer by way of incentives/ hotel contractual who have been given sensitive assignment (s) in the secretariat thereby leaking se­cret/confidential matters in public domain,” the meeting said.

“All the above issues were put forth before the Governor, advi­sors to the Governor and Chief Secretary J&K but no concrete steps have been taken in this re­gard till now. In view of the above backdrop, the coordination com­mittee has decided to proceed on strike form Monday, 30 July 2018,” the meeting observed. (GNS)

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