Alleging that Government has miserably failed to implement the agreement signed between the State Government and Employees leadership, Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) Wednesday announced fresh protest calendar for third phase which includes march to Chief Minister’s residence and Governor House in Srinagar. JCC asked employees to observe complete strike on September 20 and 21.
The JCC, an amalgam of the State’s Employees’ Unions, issued a five-day protest calendar programme from Sep 17 to 21.
While addressing a press conference here, the JCC leaders Abdul Qayoom Wani, Abdul Rouf Bhat gave an ultimatum to the State Government that in case their demands are not fulfilled by Sep 21, they will launch a decisive phase of agitation against the Government.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, JCC leader, Abdul Qayoom Wani said that Government is not willing to put an end to deadlock and it is buying only time. “We are not beggars that we would visit every time to Civil Secretariat and seek alms from the Government. Government has signed an agreement with us and we want the implementation of the agreement,” Wani said.
He said that employees are pressing for the implementation of their demands which are genuine.
“It is incorrect to say that the enhancement in the existing retirement age would affect the employment chances of the educated unemployed youths in the state.If the chief secretary and other bureaucrats of the state can serve up to 60 years why can’t the poor peon who has to serve a cup of tea to the chief secretary in the office?” he said.
While replying to a question, Wani said that it is a wrong notion that education sector is getting affected by employees strikes.
“Government is trying to mislead the people. I ask them why they remain silent and don’t think of our Children when forcibly deploy our 80 percent teachers on Census duty,” he said.
Speaking on this occasion, JCC Convener and President Civil Secretariat Employees Association, Abdul Rouf Bhat hold Government responsible for the stalemate between the employees and the government.
He said that on Sep 17, thousands of employees will assemble and protest at their respective district headquarters. “The same day, Secretariat employees would stage a protest under my presidentship,” Bhat said.
“On Sep 18 soon after evening prayers, employees under the leadership of Qayoom Wani would organize a torch procession and after assembling at Sher-i-Kashmir Park, the employees would march peacefully towards the residence of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. On the same day, employees of Jammu led by Abdul Gafoor Dar will stage protests outside Divisional Commissioner Office. On 19 September, employees would assemble at S.K Park and would march towards Governor House. The same day, employees of Jammu led by Abdul Gafoor Dar will stage protests outside Divisional Commissioner Office.
On Sep 20 and 21, there will be a complete strike in all Government offices including Civil Secretariat and Public Sector Undertakings,” Bhat said.