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Employees of Forest Development Corporation hold protest in Pulwama demanding release of pending salary

Javid Sofi
Pulwama: Hundreds of employees under the banner ‘All Jammu and Kashmir Forest Employees Corporation Union’ on Saturday held a protest in Pulwama district demanding pending salary, benefits under 7th pay commission and rectification in allowance anomaly.
Scores of employees of Pir Panchaal range of State Forest Development Corporation assembled outside the office building of Corporation’s Divisional Manager in town outskirts.

The employees staged a peaceful protest demonstration demanding pending salary, implementation of 7th pay commission recommendations and benefits of equal Dearness Allowance-DA.

Bashir Ahmad Bhat, President All Jammu and Kashmir Forest Corporation Employee’s Union said government changed state forest corporation to Forest Development Corporation in March and from April they were not paid their monthly salaries.
” A grant in aid for rupees 230 corore was approved by central government for Forest Development Corporation but Lieutenant Governor’s administration has not released the grant in our favour till date,” Bhat said.
An employee of Forest Development Corporation , Mehraj ud Din Malik, said that their organisation is paying huge dividend to government.
He claimed that in past two month the corporation paid a dividend of rupees 27 corore to the government.
“It was proposed that our salary will be paid from corporation’s exchequer but our salary is not being paid from last three months despite generating huge revenue,” Malik said.
The employees said due to non-payment of salary from past three months they struggle hard to make their both ends meet.
“Some of our colleagues had to sell their cattle to feed their families,” he said, adding others are on the brink of starvation at a time when inflation is spiraling.

He said that successive governments didn’t approve 7th pay recommendations in their favour.
“We get 39 per cent less DA as compared to employees of other departments of same nature, ” Bhat rued.

The employees union announced to hold another protest on 22 July at Press Colony in Srinagar.
The protesting employees appealed Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir to intervene into the matter and direct concerned authorities to release the central government approved grant in aid in their favour.

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