A thin attendance was witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir Government offices on Friday following the pen down strike call given by Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) to press for their demands.
JCC senior leader, who is under detention at Kothi Bagh Police Station told a local news agency, GNS, that government by putting employees’ leadership under detention can’t stop them from demanding their due rights. “They have to fulfill our genuine demands,” he said.
He said that employees from all districts will march on October 5, Saturday from Muncipal Park to Legislative Assembly and will hold strong protests. “We will go for an indefinite strike if the employees’ demands were not met at earliest.”
Employees Joint Action Committee Kashmir (EJAC-K) President Ajaz Khan told GNS that government has to fulfill the demands of employees one day or the other. “Employees and government should break this ice which only adds to the suffering of the common people,” Khan said.
Condemning the arrest spree of employees, EJAC-K President said, “This is sheer injustice with us. Government is putting employees behind bars as if we (employees) are killers and criminals,” Khan said, adding that no law of the world can term our demands as “crime”.
It is worth mentioning that around 4.5 lakh JCC employees are on strike to press for release of arrears under 6th pay commission, enhancement in retirement age from 58 to 60, increase in housing and rental allowance, regularization of contractual workers and ad-hocs.