Assembly Polls: EJAC threatens to boycott poll duty if salaries not released

IQBAL KIRMANI
SRINAGAR: Employees joint action committee president Abdul Qayoom Wani Thursday threatened government that if the salary of the teachers is not released by November 20 they will boycott election duty.
Wani, who was leading Jammu and Kashmir Teachers Forum protest here in Srinagar, said that if the salaries of the teachers engaged under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is not released by November 20, they will launch “No pay No work” policy.
During the protest president EJAC told media persons that from the past six to nine months salaries of teachers engaged under centrally sponsored RMSA and SSA has not been released and government seems unmoved over the plight of its employees. He said it is a human rights violation.
To press for their demands, Wani said that if the salary of teachers is not released by November 20 all the employees of the state will go for pen down strike for two days on Nov 21 and 22 adding after that they will boycott both the polls and the election duty as well.  “We will make this state come to stand still,” said he.
Protesting teachers said that many of them are loan holders and with no transaction going on for the past so many months their accounts have been frozen by the bank. The said that at times they don’t have enough money to pay the bus fare.
Protestors while supporting the call of EJAC president said that if their salaries are not released by the deadline date they will boycott poll duty and boycott elections too.
Police later resorted to cane charge, injuring few and arrested some protestors as well.