SRINAGAR: J&K Field Employees Association of Election Departments on Wednesday held a demonstration in Srinagar to project their demands.
“All the employees of Election department of Jammu and Kashmir have been forced to hold two days state-wide strike program from Jan 30 to 31,” a protester Showkat Ahmad Dar said.
“We are nearly 120 field employees in the election department and our demand continued to be deferred,” Dar said. “We are demanding that the government fulfillsome of our demands which include – removal of inequalities or anomalies due in our salaries as per with the revenue department or as per with the election field election employees in all other states of India, constitute DPCs and consider due promotions of the Election Assistants, revoke the 2015 downgrading of the 36 sanctioned posts of Sr. Election Assistants and restore the same to actual original sanctioned strength, consider 75 % quota for fulfilment of position of Dy. DEOs from existing proficient Election Officers and ENTs and regulate, limit the office working hours between 10am to 5:00pm and stop forcing employees for routine extra work and work on government holidays.”
The employees appealed to the Governor Satya Pal Malik and Election Commission of India to intervene and redress their problems without any delay.
They protesters also threatened that if their demands are not fulfilled before the upcoming parliamentary and assembly elections, “they will be forced to hold indefinite strike”.