Police foil Urban Local Bodies employees’ march to CM’s Gupkar residence

Police foil Urban Local Bodies employees’ march to CM’s Gupkar residence
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Forum demand implementation of 7th pay commission

Sheikh Uzair

SRINAGAR: Police on Saturday foiled the protest march of Jammu and Kashmir Urban Local Bodies Employees United Forum (J&KEUF) here in Srinagar which was to take place from Press Enclave to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s Gupkar residence.
The protest march was organised to press for the demands including the implementation of SRO 193 (7th pay commission) of the employees of Urban Local Bodies Kashmir belonging to all categories of Municipal Councils/Committees.
The Forum alleged that their salaries are released on old pattern and that the SRO 193 has not been applied in respect of employees of Municipal Councils/Committees including the sweepers.
“We welcome the government’s step of being the first state to clear the seventh pay commission. The government stated that same would be applicable to the Urban Local Bodies given that their departments are self-sufficient in funds. But despite having sufficient funds in the department our salaries are released on previous rates,” said Manzoor Ahmad Pampori, president J&KEUF.
According to the forum they have already discussed the issue with Finance Minister, State Minister of Housing and Urban Department, Financial Commissioner HUDD and Director Urban local body and “despite their assurances no step has been taken towards the implementation”.
Accusing the Accounts Officer in the department of being “corrupt” and “anti-employee” the forum raised slogans against him and demanded immediate action.
“When Safaikaramcharis (sweepers) go to the accounts officer for their G.P. fund, they are asked to deposit 1000 rupees first. The corrupt officer should be transferred immediately,” the president said.
The forum also demanded regularisation of daily wagers and actions against the officials who trying to create a rift between the employees and the government.
“We want to serve people and have good relations with the government but some people are trying to create a void. We want the government to meet our genuine demands and identify these persons who are trying to divide us for their own interests,” the president said.
“We have for now suspended the strike keeping in view holy month of Ramadan but if the revised pay rules are not implemented soon we will be forced to come on the roads again for the resolution of our demands,” the president warned.