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Police foil electrical employees protest in Srinagar

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 SRINAGAR: Police on Monday foiled electrical employee’s sit-in protest here against the government’s alleged ‘lackadaisical’ approach to fulfill their demands including release of salaries and regularization.

Shouting slogans, hundreds of electrical employees, under the banner of PDL, TDL Electrical Employees Union, gathered outside the Chief Engineer, Power Development Department (PDD) office, at Exhibition Road and staged a sit-in protest to press for their demands.

Protesters alleged that Chief Engineer PDD could not fulfill his promises with regard to their demands thus forcing them to hit roads. They claimed that daily-wagers working in the department are without salaries for month’s altogether.

They also demanded that salaries of accidental cases be released forthwith as their families suffer badly due to the department’s callous approach.

Meanwhile, police charged batons on employees who were protesting on main road, eye witnesses said.

“We observed strike against the government’s step motherly treatment on January 14 following which the Chief Engineer PDD assured us that our demands are under active consideration and will be fulfilled accordingly, however so far nothing has been done,” said Adeer Wani, Spokesperson All J&K PDL, TDL Electrical Employees Union.

He threatened intense protests across Jammu and Kashmir in case the government fails to fulfill their demands. Wani also demanded that files of employees working in the department be sent to the secretariat for seniority approval.

“Most of the daily wagers working in PDD have been without salaries for the past several months and the government also withheld salaries of accidental cases thus forcing their families to suffer,” he added.

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