Employees’ strike cripples work in J&K offices


Srinagar : Work in most government offices across Jammu and Kashmir was crippled by the employees’ three-day strike that started here Thursday, an official said.

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“Work in all other government offices and schools came to a halt because of the employees’ strike. It had no effect on the functioning of the Civil Secretariat in Srinagar,” said a senior official of the state administration.

“The strike, however, had no effect on the working of the government offices in Leh town of Ladakh region. Colleges and universities are functioning normally throughout the state today (Thursday),” the official said.

Emergency services like hospitals, electricity and drinking water supply have been exempted by the state employees from their three-day strike.

The agitating employees are demanding enhancement in their retirement age from the existing 58 to 60 years, regularisation of daily wagers, ad hoc and contractual appointees, and removal of pay anomalies.

Police arrested many leaders of the striking employees to prevent them from holding rallies and protests in the state.

Employees leaders, including Khursheed Alam, Mohiuddin Muntizer, Abdul Qayoom Wani and Shabir Langu, have been taken into preventive custody, police said.

“They have been taken into preventive custody to maintain law and order,” a senior police officer said here.

The three-day agitation includes total strike Thursday, one-hour sit-in outside the Civil Secretariat in Srinagar Friday, and a rally towards the state Raj Bhavan Saturday.