J-K public transport employees protest, clash with police

     Thousands of Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) employees on Tuesday afternoon took to streets in Srinagar and staged an anti-Government demonstrations demanding immediate disbursal of their long pending their salaries. The employees along with their families had assembled at Jehangir chowk in Srinagar to proceed towards the civil secretariat, but were stopped by the police, officials said. According to reports, several people were injured, some of them critically, when the police had to resort to baton charge and use water canons to disperse the employees. The protesters alleged that Jammu and Kashmir Government was not taking any note of their demands. "We want the government to take any action on our demands, Omar (Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir ) is not serious about us. Our kids were kicked off from schools and he (Omar) didn't even realize this, this happened last year also and we were starving, but nothing has happened," said Usra Jan, a protester. "At least they (state officials) should consider about us, about our department and you can see what is happening here," Jan added. Earlier, over 4,50,000 employees had observed a two-day pen down strike to press for their demands. The demands include enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60, regularisation of contractual, ad-hoc and casual workers as per the merit, amendment in the Wage Act including increase in wages of the daily wagers and casual labourers from current Rs.2,100 monthly to Rs.5,000.

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