Srinagar: Opposition PDP on Wednesday said the
state government must address the genuine demands of the
employees in Jammu and Kashmir without getting into
confrontation with them.
"Government should desist from using strong-arm
methods against its own employees and instead reach out to
them in a spirit of understanding and accommodation," PDP
president Mehbooba Mufti said in a statement here.
She said like all other sections of society, the
present coalition government headed by National Conference had
alienated its own employees as well.
"How can this government hope to serve the people if
its entire administrative machinery is dissatisfied?" she
The governance has been completely paralysed and
government employees themselves were now on the receiving end
of state repression as is evident from the way their recent
demonstrations were treated, she said.
"It is for the first time that employees are targeted
for making demands, placing them under suspension, dismissing
them from service and even detaining them under the repressive
PSA," she added.
The employees` unions have threatened to launch a stir
if the Government failed to meet its demands, including
payment of arrears on account of implementation of Sixth Pay
Mehbooba said in absence of proper political
direction, the state government has been unable to function
even on routine matters and was now fighting itself.
"On one hand the government blows trumpet of
transparency and dialogue, while it is not able even to talk
to its own employees across the table and uses brute force
every time they raise their demands," she alleged.