J&K govt threatens to sack employees, 10th day of strike

Last Updated: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 15:02

Jammu: With the strike by its employees
entering tenth day on Monday, the Jammu and Kashmir government has warned that their services would be terminated if they did not
resume work immediately.

After invoking Essential Services Maintenance Act
(ESMA) last Monday against its employees, the government has
now threatened to terminate the services of those employees
who do not report for duty immediately.

Over 4 lakh employees are on the strike to demand
arrears of their revised salaries after sixth pay commission
recommendations and enhancement of retirement age from 58 to
60.

However, Minister for Medical and Technical Education
R S Chib told reporters that doors were still open for the
striking employees for a dialogue to sort out the issues.

Expressing hope that good sense will prevail upon the
employees, he said they should call off the strike and come to
the negotiating table for which government is ready.

He, however, warned that if the interests of the
people were affected, the government could go to "any extent"
and said contingency plans were in place to protect the
interest of the people.

Chib said services of adhoc, contractual and
need-based employees in hospitals would be terminated if they
did not resume work immediately.

He also said para-medical staff have been asked to
report within 48 hours to avoid suspension.

Services in Government Medical Colleges and Hospitals
and other associated institutions were badly affected by the
strike though emergency services were being carried out.

Meanwhile, work remained affected in government
offices and PSUs because of the strike. The secretariat
complex wore a deserted look.

Over 100 employees and leaders of various striking
unions have been arrested and a large number of police and
paramilitary personnel deployed in and around the civil
secretariat complex.

The police has been asked to check attendance
registers in offices, prepare dossiers and video graph
trouble-makers.

PTI



First Published: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 15:02

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