J-K govt agrees to hold talks with striking employees

Jammu and Kashmir government is holding talks with the employees’ representatives in Jammu to find a settlement to the issue.

Written by Ishfaq Naseem | Jammu | Published: February 18, 2009 11:09:53 am

After the two day long deadlock between the employees and the state government who are seeking the implementation of sixth pay commission recommendations,Jammu and Kashmir government is holding talks with the employees’ representatives in Jammu to find a settlement to the issue.

State government announced the setting up of a cabinet sub committee which will hold the talks with the employees to decide on the pay hike.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister,Omar Abdullah,said,“we have appointed the cabinet sub committee which will be headed by Finance Minister,Abdul Rahim Rather,and will have four other cabinet Ministers as its members and it will hold the talks with the striking employees on the issue of implementation of the 6th pay commission recommendations.”

Sources said that since the matter relates to the finances of the state,the Finance Minister has been asked to head the committee.

Besides Rather as its head,the other members of the cabinet sub committee are Public Health Engineering (PHE) Minister,Taj Mohidin,Minister for school education,Saifudin Soz,Rural Development Minister,Ali Mohammad Sagar and Industries Minister,Surjeet Singh Slathia.

The decision was taken in a special cabinet meeting which was convened in Jammu on Tuesday by the Chief Minister with his cabinet colleagues. Among others who were present in the cabinet meeting include,Deputy Chief Minister,Tara Chand.

With the state government announcing the setting up of the cabinet sub committee,employees said that the decision to call off the strike will be taken only after the meeting with the government. Convenor of the Employees Joint Action Committee,Gafoor Dar,however said,“the decision to call off the strike will be taken later. However government shouldn’t delay the implementation of the sixth pay commission recommendations and already there is a government report which favours its implementation in the state.”

The decision to hold the talks with employees follows the strike by the employees for the last two days on the implementation of pay commission recommendations.

On Tuesday,a team of senior leaders of Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) visited the different offices to ensure that the impact of the strike call was total. The protests in the government offices were taken out following the call by the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) which appealed to the employees to hold protest demonstrations in their offices.

The employees also staged dharnas at many places including at the complex of education department,medical college,public health engineering department,health department,power development department,excise department and irrigation department.

Employees strike was also successful in the other parts of Jammu region and the offices were also shut at the district and the tehsil level. Raising slogans against the government in the process,employees even warned the state government that in case their demand of implementation of the sixth pay commission recommendation was not fulfilled they would be forced to intensify their stir. Employees protest rallies were even held at the colleges which affected the education,in Jammu on Tuesday.

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