Early Times Report
JAMMU, July 16: Graduate Engineers of all cadres (CEs, SEs, XENs, AEEs, AEs & JEs) and all wings (Civil, Electrical & Mechanical) under the banner of State Joint Action Committee today held massive protest at Lok Nirman Bhawan, Jammu against non-fulfillment of pending demands viz issuance of SRO for release of Time Bound Running Grades/ Assured Career Progression already approved by government on the pattern of doctors, regularization of services of Engineers at all levels, cadre review in Engineering Departments, filling up of all the vacant posts in parent and allied Engineering departments, removal of pay anomalies of Engineers at all levels and enhancement of fixed traveling allowance. In a first of its kind, similar protests were also observed at all District Headquarters also. Entire Engineering fraternity from all wings/ Departments participated and engineering departments wore deserted look. Addressing a mammoth gathering of more than 1000 engineers, Er Gandeep Pargal lambasted the delaying tactics and casual approach adopted towards engineers by the government and expressed his anguish that even the assurance of the Governor regarding SRO for extending the benefits of Time Bound Running Grades/ Assured Career Progression to J&K Engineering Gazetted Services at par with doctors immediately after opening of Darbar at Srinagar couldn't come true and at the same time vociferously demanded not to play further with the sentiments of engineers. He urged to resolve the just demands without any further delay for which entire Engineering fraternity is eagerly waiting. Er. Harvinder Singh President JK EEGA emphasized that the Junior Engineer cadre has wrongly been placed in 4200 Grade Pay instead of 4260 for the last 7 years whereas in 2010 government, has already rectified pay anomaly of Junior Engineers but the administration is hesitating in implementation of the same for which necessary orders need to be issued.