Majid Kapra

Horticulture employees protest, demand removal of pay anomaly

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Srinagar, July 6: Non-gazetted horticulture employees on Friday held a sit-in protest at their office premises here demanding necessary amendment in SRO 235 and removal of pay anomaly at par with sheep and husbandry department.

Shouting slogans against director horticulture for allegedly compounding the problems of junior employees, the protesting employees under the banner of Non-gazetted Horticulture Employs Union (NHEU) assembled at head office Lal Mandi here and held peaceful sit-in protest to press for their demands.

Employees warned the authorities of long term strike incase their demands including removal of pay anomaly and amendment in SRO 235 which involves their promotion are not met with.

“We have been striving over the past twelve years vis-à-vis our demands but it’s an irony that our repeated pleas fell flat on deaf ears. It is the director horticulture who has been playing spoilsport thus leaving thousands of employees in dire-straits,” said President NHEU, Abdul Kareem Bhat.

He alleged that the director without taking employees on board or seeking their suggestions as recommended by the secretary concerned sent a proposal to higher authority’s vis-à-vis amendment in SRO 235.

“We knocked the door of every minister and bureaucrat but achieved nothing other than disappointment. Despite clear-cut directions from the Secretary Horticulture to seek suggestions from employees, the concerned director without taking employees on board sent proposal,” he added.

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