Ignoring Jammu and Kashmir government’s appeal, the state employees went on a two-day strike in support of their demand for implementation of 6th pay panel report and enhancing the retirement age to 60 from the present 58 years.
Work in all government offices and public sector undertakings was paralysed today across the state due to the strike in all the three regions of the state, officials said.
In a last minute effort, Finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather appealed to the employees not to go on strike as the government has in principal agreed to implement the pay penal recommendations.
“We appeal to the employees not to resort to strike as the Government has agreed in principal to implement the pay panel report,” Rather said yesterday.
“We are mobilising resources to meet the extra burden on the state exchequer in the wake of implementation of the pay panel report. A team of officers of the state government was engaged in negotiations with the Centre in this regard,” he added.
He said it was unfortunate that employees have adopted a confrontation attitude.
This is the second time in less than a month that the employees went on a strike in support of their demands. On January 28, they observed a one-day strike seeking implementation of the pay panel recommendations.