SRINAGAR: J&K Field Employees Association of Election Departments on Thursday held a demonstration in Srinagar to project their demands. The association has called for a two-day protest on Jan 30 and 31.
“The basic rights of the employees have constantly been violated and none of our genuine demands have been fulfilled. The constant denial of rights compelled the employees to resort to strike in order to press for immediate action for resolution of the issues of employees of the election department,” they said.
They further said that the employees of the department are not paid with adequate salaries and “there are visible discrepancies in the salaries in comparison with the salaries of employees of the election department in other states. There is no carrier advancement policy or scope of future growth to the employees in the department. The employees get stuck to their single designation for decades together”.
“The employees have been persistently pleading for resolution of issues from decades, but all the time false promises and assurance are given by the concerned authorities and with the result the employees continuously get persecuted and none of our issues are resolved,” they stated. “Now the employees of such a sensitive department have got compelled to come out on the roads to press for the fulfillment of all genuine demands and are requesting worthy Governor to make necessary intervention for addressing the vital issues of the employees.”
The employees appealed to the Governor Satya Pal Malik and Election Commission of India to intervene and redress their problems without any delay.
The 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”.