Retired fire and emergency employees demand removal of pay anomaly

Retired fire and emergency employees demand removal of pay anomaly
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‘BJP trying to draw political mileage out of death of Chennai boy in stone pelting’

Sheikh Uzair

Srinagar: Scores of retired employees of Fire and Emergency Department under the banner of Fire Fighters Association Jammu and Kashmir (Non-Gazetted) on Thursday held protest demonstration here demanding removal of pay anomaly.
The protestors include Sub-officers, Mechanic Drivers, Drivers and leading firemen who retired during from 2006 to January 2018.
According to the association, the government has already redressed the removal of pay anomaly demand of service police personnel in year 2014 and in favour of fire service personnel in early this year but “neglected” the retired employees.
“We were hopeful that with the implementation of seventh pay commission, our demands will also be addressed but nothing happened,” said Syed Ghulam Mohi-ud-din, President retired Fire Fighters association J&K.
“The demand of clerks and other employees work for only six hours was addressed but we were working despite working for round the clock in the department,” he said.
Alleging government of discrimination, the association said that they has already filed a case with High Court Srinagar and High court Jammu and has submitted a written representation to Director Finance and Governor of J&K.
Threatening to go on a strike against this “in-justice” the association said they can also “stop working” if that is what it takes to “awake” the government.
“If Jammu and Kashmir police and its sister concerns (Prisons, homegaurds, etc) will go on a strike the government will collapse within days,” Ghulam Said.
“The results would be disastrous and government would be responsible for the consequences,” he added.
Meanwhile the association said that as residents of Kashmir and “concerned senior citizens” they condemn the civilian killings in Kashmir and demanded end to the “bloodshed.”
Hinting a conspiracy behind these accidents, the association president said that these incidents only happen at the time of elections in India.
“When there were elections in Maharashtra stones were pelted at buses carrying tourists from Maharashtra. Now again when there are elections in south India a tourist vehicle was attacked form south India,” Ghulam said.
“It can be a “conspiracy to attack tourists for vote bank politics. These attacks can be pre-planned to get the sympathy of the people outside and use Kashmir for their dirty politics,” Ghulam added.
Targeting the PDP-BJP alliance, the association said that why the PDP is in power is with a party who has “history of doing these kinds of things.”
“We know the people who can do such type of things and our government is in an alliance with the party who have already played with the blood of Kashmiris,” Ghulam said.
“The stone pelting incident has put the image of Kashmiris as friendly and hospitable at stake,” he added.