Kashmir: Employees begin two-day pen down strike


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Normal functioning of the offices was affected due to pen down strike of state employees in Jammu and Kashmir.
Government employees of the state started their two-day pen down strike Tuesday to press for their demands.

Work in most state government offices in Srinagar and other district headquarters took a hit because of the employees’ strike, sources said.

The employees are demanding enhancement in their retirement age from the existing 58 to 60 years, payment of arrears as per the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, regularization of daily wage and  adhoc employees, and increase in the remunerations of Anganwadi  workers.

Dozens of striking employees presented a memorandum of demands to the district magistrate in Srinagar.

The state government maintains that enhancement in the retirement age of the employees would add to the problems of thousands of educated, unemployed youths.

State Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather said recently that the government has already accepted most of the genuine demands of its employees and is prepared to discuss others with an open mind.

According to reports from Jammu, police intervened to disperse a protest march by the striking employees and arrested dozens of them.


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