Amid snowfall, election department employees stage protest for fulfillment of pending demands

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Srinagar

Amid heavy snowfall employees of the election, department staged a protest at press colony on Thursday for the second consecutive day to demand for the immediate redressal of their grievances.

Election department employees stage protest for fulfillment of pending demands. KL Image by Salma Masood

The protesting employees under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Field Employees Association of Election Department (JKFEAED) were shouting pro-justice slogans and demanded the creation of additional posts and removal of pay anomalies.

“Election Department is the backbone for the formation of a democratic government and our demands are meagre but meticulous,” said Peer Durafasha, a protesting employee. She said that the new highly qualified recruits feel demotivated by the current condition of the department.

“Government is spending a huge amount of money on the elections yet they can’t solve the problems of around 120 employees,” said the protestors.

The protesting employees demanded the removal of pay anomalies of election Naib-Tehsildars, Election Assistants, holding of Departmental Promotion Committee meeting (DPCs) and revocation of grading of sanctioned posts of Election Assistants.

Parveez Ahmad, an employee said that finance department rejected their proposal of demands and that is mere injustice.“Recently around 48 ERM operators were sacked because the government wants to hire a private contractor. They have been in service for 6 years now and provide for their families from this salary only. Where will they go now?,” he added.

The protesting employees threatened that if any action is not taken within 10 days they will be forced to go on strike again. They have submitted a memorandum to the Governor Satya Pal Malik demanding resolution.

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