Normal working in all the Jammu Kashmir government offices remained suspended as employees on Tuesday went on strike to press for pay hike as per recommendations of the Centre’s sixth pay commission.
The call for two day strike has been given by Employees Joint Action Committee a conglomerate of various employee organisations. Even hospital services were affected on first day of the two-day strike call.
In government hospitals including the main referral hospital,Government Medical College (GMC),there was no work in the out patient department (OPD),however emergency services continued.
Employees also took out a rally near Udhyog Bhawan in Jammu in which thousands of employees had gathered and they vowed to continue their agitation till their demands are met.
Employees also took out a rally in the Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir shouting slogans against the government. Strike was near total in the other districts of the state.
Employees have also chalked out a plan of day long protests on Wednesday and a rally in which the employees from all districts of state will take party is being taken out in the Jammu city for the implementation of the recommendations of sixth pay commission.
Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC),Convenor,Gafoor Dar,said,The employees strike is for two days. However we will review our strategy tomorrow to seek the fulfilment of our demands.
Work was also paralysed in the government schools and other educational institutions.
However government officials said that the State has paucity of funds to implement the recommendations of the sixth pay commission.
Each year there will be an annual expenditure of nearly Rs 1500 crore which the state will have to make to implement the recommendations of the sixth pay commission and that is a huge sum, said,a state government official.
However while the non gazetted staff is supporting the stir,the Kashmir Administrative Service Employees Association (KASEA) didnt support the strike call saying that it was satisfied with the government assurance that it will implement the recommendations of sixth pay commission.
The Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister,A R Rather,said,We have already agreed in principle to implement the recommendations of sixth pay commission. We were to take up the matter of getting the funds from Centre with the Prime Minister,who also holds the charge of Finance Minister,but after he was hospitalized the matter got deferred.
Rather said that the Finance Ministers of the other states were to meet the PM and the meeting which was deferred will be held shortly to discuss the matter and to seek the funds for the implementation of the demand.