Feeling ‘hurt’ over the cold response from government, Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), an amalgam of various employees’ unions on Wednesday said that it was gearing up for an all out standoff with government and vowed to “bring down the government machinery to a complete standstill by the fresh spell of agitation that begins on 23rd of this month if their demands were not met.
The JCC is also mulling to go for ‘indefinite’ and ‘decisive’ strike saying, the government approach has been very ‘insensitive’ and unacceptable. “We have called all the zonal presidents of Teacher’s Forum of valley here today to chalk out the agitation programme Scheduled for May 23, when massive protest marches will be held at district headquarters of all the 22 districts across the state”, EJAC (Q) Chairman Abdul Qayom Wani told a local news agency, KNS on Wednesday. He added that the agitation scheduled for May 23 would be an exemplary one which should be an eye opener for the government.
“They have entered into written agreement with us and then backtracked. Such an attitude of government is not acceptable to us”, added Wani.
He further said that it was a matter of concern for all the employee community that the government was not bothered for their (Employees) welfare.
“When you raise the salary of legislators to 0ne lakh, spend crores on their bolero cars and other perks, you don’t say, we are running out of cash. Why is it only at the time of Employees that our treasures go dry”, asked Wani who said that raising the retirement age of employees was inevitable and government must fulfill the promises.
Another JCC Senior leader Moahmmad Khursheed Aalam told KNS that the government was exhibiting non serious attitude towards employees and warned that a strong and decisive agitation had now become a necessity.
“We had deferred the February strike due to law and order problems government was facing in the backdrop of Afzal Guru’s hanging. But this government has become habitual of throwing our demands to cold storage which is unacceptable”, Aalam told KNS on Wednesday.
He further added that after May 23 protests, JCC would sit again to chalk out the future strategy.
“If government did not change its attitude, we can go for the indefinite strike”, Aalam added.
Meanwhile state government on Wednesday said that it was ready to address the demands of JCC, but advised it (JCC) against adopting confrontational approach.
“We are committed to solve the problems of the employees, and we have been working on it”, Senior Minster Ali Mohammad Sagar told KNS.
Pertinently the state government employees have been pressing for the hike in retirement age by two years besides regularization of the contingent paid employees and other demands. There have been so many rounds of talks between the JCC and government however the impasse still continues as both accuse each other of betraying from the agreements.
Meanwhile Teachers have expressed satisfaction over the recent promotions in the education department and hoped that the process would be carried forward without any halt age so that more and more vacancies are filled up that would see new opportunities of employment for the unemployed youth.
“Promotion of more than 3000 teachers, Masters and lectures is a welcome step for which Education Minster, Commissioner and Director is worth praise. But these efforts would yield better results only, when the process is carried forward”, School Education Employees Coordination Committee Chief Spokesman Nusrat Ahmad Beigh told KNS.
The general secretary of the forum Dr Manzoor Ahmad also hailed the government move and said that by virtue of the promotions, thousands of long pending vacancies in schools have been filled up which would definitely improve the academics in government schools.