Employees’ stir: Sit-in held in Jammu

Yasir Ashraf
SRINAGAR: The agitating government employees on Wednesday staged a sit-in against “repressive measures” of the state government and called for a protest march towards Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s official residence on January 15.
The employees, under the banner of Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), an amalgam of several unions, held a sit-in at Press Club Jammu from 12 pm to 3 pm.
Around one thousand employees participated in the protest, according to reports. The protesters chanted slogans and asked the authorities to scrap the “draconian laws” invoked on the agitating employees.
JCC, which spearheads the ongoing agitation, has been demanding extension of retirement age from 58 to 60, regularization of daily wagers, removal of pay anomalies in the clerical cadre, besides budgetary support for public sector undertakings.
It also demands the inclusion of rendered service in favour of RETs, migrant substitutes, adhoc employees, and transfer policy in favour of RETs, enhancement in medical allowance to Rs 2000 and implementation of medi-claim scheme in favour of Non-Gazetted employees, regularization and increase in honorarium of Anganwari workers, helpers and supervisors and their regularization, merger of 50 % DA with basic pay, and withdrawal or cancellation of new pension scheme.
“This was our warm-up programme. The agitation will be intensified if our genuine demands are not addressed,” president of the Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC-Q), Abdul Qayoom Wani told Kashmir Reader over phone from Jammu.
“On January 15, the employees will hold a candle light protest march from Residency Road to Chief Minister’s residence at Wazarat Road in the winter capital,” Wani added.