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JAMMU, Jul 19: Hectic deliberations between Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) and leaders of Municipal workers ended in a deadlock, with the latter refusing to call off the workers strike. The safai karamcharis of JMC continued their strike on the second consecutive day today and Jammu city also continued be a vast garbage dump with unattended garbage making the entire city, especially the main thoroughfares stinking.

The municipal workers accused the administration of giving fake assurances and not paying any heed to their demands.

Early this morning, the JMC Commissioner K L Khajuria comprising Additional Commissioner (Administration) Kapil Sharma and other concerned officials today called on the leaders of Civic Safai Karamchari Union (CSKU) and Jammu Municipal Drivers' Union (JMDU) including Municipal workers to discuss their demands. They also appealed to them to call off their strike as the demands have been discussed with concerned Minister and Commissioner/Secretary to Government Housing and Urban Development Department for redressal.

JMC Commissioner also assured the leaders that most of the demands are accepted by the department and two of their demands were discussed with the concerned Minister and Commissioner Secretary for their approval.

CSKU President Rinku Gill while taking Kashmir Times said, “The protest will continue till our demands are met. We are demanding hike in wages of Temporary Daily Labourers who are presently getting Rs 2,100 per month by the JMC, while monthly wages set by the government are Rs 4,500. We have been asking for setting up of DPC for some time now, but are dissatisfied with the fake assurances of the JMC whereas the issue of making contractual drivers permanent is also pending. How can we accept the call off proposal by the corporation without any written order of our demands from the government.”

The leaders further said, “Earlier there were 23 wards in Jammu with 1,056 workers, but today the number of wards has increased to 71. We have been demanding increase in staff strength and Departmental Promotion Committees (DPC) for all cadres.”

When contacted JMC Commissioner said, “On July 16, the Union leaders had submitted a list of demands, besides giving call for the strike from July 19 but Union has started-the strike from July 18 only in violation of its own notice period. The proposal has already been submitted to the Administrative Department on April 4 followed by reminder on June 6 which is under consideration of Finance department.”

Referring to invitation to the leader to discuss the matter with the concerned authorities at Civil Secretariat Srinagar, Khajuria said, “If leaders accept the invitation then it would solve the matter as the matter stands already discussed with the Administrative Department. The Commissioner/Secretary to Government, Housing Urban & Development Department is deputing Deputy Secretary concerned for the DPC meeting to be held on July 24 as it was already fixed on June 21 but could not be held due to deployment of the concerned member officers as Observers in CET 2013.”

Query over increasing wages of NGO, Commissioner said, “The matter in Principle was agreed by the JMC and accordingly fresh tenders for engagements of NGOs were floated incorporating all the benefitary provisions including payment of minimum wages to SKC's.”

The employees had given 72 hours ultimatum to state government and Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) for conceding the genuine demands of the Municipal employees. The agitating workers under the banner of Civic Safai Karamchari Union (CSKU) and Jammu Municipal Drivers' Union (JMDU) also forced all corporation offices in the city to shut down and threatened to continue their protests if demands were not addressed.

The leaders demanded re-organization of Jammu Municipal Corporation, DPC of all cadres, increase of salary of 200 casual basis SKCs, regularization of contractual drivers, increase in wages of NGO, regularization of Contractual Computer Operators and Architect, time bound promotions, relieving of field staff from clerical chairs and conversion of SKCs services from TDL to PDL.

News Updated at : Saturday, July 20, 2013
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