Jammu and Kashmir government employees on Wednesday staged a dharna at the Press Club here, seeking implementation of the agreement signed earlier with the government regarding payment of arrears under the Sixth Pay Commission and other demands.
The protesters raised slogans and cautioned the government "not to test their patience".
Addressing the protesters, senior employees' joint consultative committee (JCC) leader Abdul Qayoom Wani alleged, "Last year, the state government tried to crush the employees' movement. We had given two months to the government to concede to the employees' demands, but it has not done anything. Now, we are giving the government seven days' time. If no action is taken on the issue till January 14, then on January 15, the employees will take out a torchlight protest rally from Eidgah, Residency Road, to chief minister Omar Abdullah residence."
"We will take extreme steps and press the government to meet our demands before the model code of conduct comes into force ahead of the parliamentary elections," he added.
"We again urge the government to implement the agreement already signed on September 15, 2011, and ratified on July 8, 2012. We are not demanding anything new. We are just asking the government to fulfill our demands as per the agreement," he added.
He asked the government to withdraw the Essential Services (Maintenance) Ordinance, 2001, imposed on the state government employees during the last phase of the agitation.
Employees are demanding implementation of the agreement, which includes payment of Sixth Pay Commission arrears, enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years and regularisation policy for all daily-rated workers.