Jammu and Kashmir Non-gazetted Secretariat Employees Union (JKNGSEU) today held one-day protest against the non-fulfillment of the demands projected by them like removal of pay anomalies, career progression and cadre review of employees.
In a statement issued by President of the Union Ghulam Rasool Mir, it has been said that on one side government is unable to implement the 7th Pay commission recommendations and another side government is going to double the salary of Legislatures, enhance their CDF and expenditure on their facilities which may touch sky.
He said that government has approved IAS and KAS cadre review which involves huge financial implications on the State Exchequer. There are huge liabilities created in estates department on account of money spent on unnecessary repairs, renovations, furnishing/furniture and private accommodation viz houses/ hotels to accommodate VVIPS and employees while as estates department has sufficient accommodation available which is misused by some blue eyed persons, he added.
“Ignoring problems faced by low paid employees has put a question mark. Sorry to say that this State is meant for influential/ blued eyed persons. Need of the time is that employees cadres should get united and fight against such double standard of the Government. It’s very unfortunate that HCM said on the floor of house that orderlies are corrupt, which Secretariat employees took in a bad taste,” he added.
Mir said that during the budget discussion, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti announced to double the salary of legislatures, enhancement of their CDF and other facilities, Police cadre but spoke not even a word about the issues of government employees which had been raised by Omar Abdullah, Bashir Ahmad Dar MLA Kupwara and Ravinder Raina MLA, Nowshera.
“Chief Minister is ignoring employees who work in the civil secretariat for successful government all the time. Employees are thankful to these legislators who raised their issues on the floor of house. Secretariat employees thank ex-Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who informed the house that Secretariat Employees are backbone of the government and favoured every possible encouragement from the government from time to time and advised the government not to force them to go on protest as seen during budget session, said the President.
He maintained that state government has also stopped ration of durbar move employees. He further appealed the employees to think, see the mindset of the government towards their employees and get united against double standard of the government. He said that in case the genuine demands are not addressed, secretariat employees will go on an indefinite strike in coming days.