No decision on retirement age hike

SRINAGAR: As the Cabinet did not make any announcement about enhancing retirement age of the employees, the latter’s leadership on Wednesday threatened to revive their protest agitation.
Abdul Qayoom Wani, a senior leader of the Joint Consultative Committee, an amalgam of several employees unions, told Kashmir Reader that they were expecting a decision on the enhancement in retirement age in the Cabinet meeting, but there was “nothing for us in the meeting.”
“We had pinned a lot of hopes on this Cabinet meeting. Now we are calling for a meeting of all constituents of JCC within few days to decide the next course of action,” Wani, who is also president Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC-Q), said.
The JCC has been demanding extension in the 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.
Wani said the employees are hopeful to get their long pending demands fulfilled. “We have always believed in negotiations and avoided confrontations. We believe government would approach us as we have been witnessing some positive signs in their approach,” Wani said.
But if the government fails to resolve the demands of the employees, Wani said, “then we have no option but to revive our agitation.”