The State’s forest corporation officials Saturday threatened to boycott timber and firewood extraction if the government did not fulfill their demands within a time-frame. President State Forest Corporation Munishi Iqbal told KNS that the body had called for one-day strike against the government but later decided to launch it indefinitely till the government gives a time-frame to resolve their long-pending demands. He said the demands include pay anomaly, two and half day’s extra salary and risk allowance, enhancing of 135 posts of Range Officers Grade-ii, DPC of all cadres including Class-IV employees, pending SRO-43 cases, exgratia relief, regularisation of leftovers, dailywagers, consolidated and casual labours. Iqbal siad that the association is heading to Pahalgam on Sunday, where Chief Minister Mufti Mohamamd Sayeed is carrying out a plantation drive, to present a memoranda of their demands for resolving them.
2015 Kashmir Despatch