Govt.employees protest in Jammu, demand regularisation of jobs

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 06, 2012 10:51 hrs

Members of the Jammu and Kashmir State Government Employees' Joint Action Committee (JKSGEJAC) on Tuesday demanded regularisation of their jobs.

They took out a protest march here and engaged in a scuffle with policemen, who prevented them from moving towards the state secretariat.

The protesting employees also called for an increase in the retirement age and asked the government to provide them their salary arrears.

The protesters took to the streets shouting slogans against the provincial government led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

"This protest will continue till the demands of the government employees are met. Especially the state government employees and employees of public sector are with the Joint Action Committee and I would like to appeal to the state government and Omar Abdullah that the coming time is going to be very difficult for them because the agreement he made with the government employees, his government is yet to fulfil that agreement," said a protester, Amreek Singh.

The protesters threatened to intensify their protest if the government failed to take adequate measures to address their woes.

In 2010, the provincial government appointed hundreds of youths on contractual basis under a specific scheme and from the date of appointment these youths are getting rupees 2500 ($46.78) per month, which is not sufficient for them.

Recently, protests and demonstrations have become the norm of the day as the people in the province vent their anger against the government led Abdullah, which is marred by corruption and has failed to address their woes. (ANI)

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