Work remained paralysed in Jammu and Kashmir government offices for the third day on Saturday as employees stayed away in response to 3-day general strike called by their unions that alleged that Omar Abdullah government was not serious to resolve their demands.
About four lakh state government employees started the three-day strike from May 24 after rejecting last minute appeal by the government to call off the strike.
The employees also observed two-day strike on May 8 and 9,a day after the Civil Secretariat, seat of the government, reopened in summer capital after functioning from winter capital, Jammu for six winter months in support of their demands.
All government offices, including the consumer affairs and public distribution (CA&PD) ration depots and headquarter also remained closed.
The government educational institutions also wore a deserted look as students and teaching staff stayed away. However, private institutions were working normally.
The employees are demanding among other things, payments of arrears of 6th pay commission, regularization of daily wagers, contract and anganwari workers and ad hoc employees. They are also demanding increase in the retirement age to 60 years.
The employees alleged that government was not serious to fulfill the promises made to them from time to time. Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and other mainstream parties have supported the demand of the employees.