Police foil Municipal employees protest, scores held

Protestors demand time-bound promotion, release of 6th pay commission arrears, transparent transfer policy

Irfan Rashid
SRINAGAR, FEB 22: Police Saturday foiled a protest march of members of J&K Urban Local Bodies Employees United Forum (ULBEUF) here and detained scores of them.
The protestors who assembled at Press Enclave here demanded time-bound promotion, release of 6th pay commission arrears, transparent transfer policy, conduct DPC and regularization of daily wagers.
Police swung into action as the protestors tried to march towards Divisional Commissioner’s office, detaining many of them. They were later lodged in Kothi Bagh Police Station.
Early in the morning the employees under the banner of ULBEUF assembled at Habitat Centre, Bemina and carried out protest demonstration in support of their demands.
The protesters raised slogans in support of their demands and they were also carrying placards in their hands. The protest demonstration at Habitat Centre carried on for few hours and later the employees reached the Press Enclave.
Earlier, speaking to media persons, president of the Forum, Manzoor Pampori said: “Sigh of relief was felt when the fourth quarter of devolution was released in favour of ULB but the anarchy and apprehensions regarding its judicious disbursement among the employees has once again alienated the employees to the extent that the work culture and accountability in the municipal institutions is at the verge of collapse.”
Expressing dismay over what he termed as “unnecessary political interference” in the functioning of department’, he demanded immediate end to the “criminal” trend.
He said that the Forum has already apprised the department not to post tainted officers who were reinstated in the last half of previous year.
“The posting of the tainted officers has caused resentment among the employees of the department who say that the move had spoiled the working of department,” said Pampori.
“Tainted and corrupt officials have brought a bad name to the department, but still the state government has given important assignments to these corrupt persons. Their reinstatement in the first place was a wrong decision and the government is set to take yet another wrong decision by assigning them important positions,” he added.
He alleged that these corrupt executive officers have virtually decimated the department and resorted to various malpractices while they were posted in the municipal committees.
“The department was already requested to take the Forum in confidence before posting these tainted officers but the orders were issued in violation of assurances of the authorities,” he said.
He threatened to intensify agitation programme in case authorities fail to meet their demand without any further delay.



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