|Forest employees protest enters day 5, demand implementation of agreement|
|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Jan 19: State wide agitation of Forest employees entered into fifth day at Van Bhawan, PCCF office here today. Thousand of Forest employees participated in the protest under the banner of Non- Gazetted Forest Officers Association.
The protesting forest employees were demanding implementation of the agreement executed between Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, J&K and the Association leaders wherein the authorities assured through written agreement to settle their demands within 20 days but nothing was done even after the lapse of more than three months.
While addressing the gathering of employees, the Association president Nazir Ahmed Mir said that the authorities deceived the employees. "We have lost more than one hundred employees in protection of Forests but the department has not fulfilled the demand of risk allowance and two and half day extra salary till date," he said and alleged that the authorities were deliberately delaying the process of convening DPCs without any justification.
The protesting employees raised slogans in support of their demands, which include, removal of pay anomaly, release of two and half day extra salary in favour of Forest frontline employees, risk allowance, DPCs, re-organization of the Department and regularization/release of wages in respect of Daily Wagers, Casual Labourers, etc.
The leaders and employees in one voice appealed to the Governor and his Advisor to fulfill the genuine agreed demands of Forest employees to encourage the Forest front line employees.