The contractual employees of Mangla Dam Resettlement Organisation went on indefinite pen-down strike to press the AJK government for early regularisation of their services.

The protestant employees staged ‘’dharna’’ (sit-in) in front of the offices complex of the Mangla Dam Resettlement Organization here on Wednesday besides displaying banners and placards bearing the slogans of their long-standing single demand of regularization of their over 11-year-long services.

A spokesperson of the protesters told the media persons at their sit-in camp that 22 of the contractual employees were constrained to perform their duties without salary since January 1, 2015. “Besides, 70 other contractual employees of the same organisation have been served the notices about dispensation of their services from July this year”, the spokesperson said adding that it has caused an immense tension and unrest among the contractual employees and their families.

He pointed out that AJK Prime Minister Abdul Majeed had through a written order dated February 15, 2015, directed the Chief Secretary of AJK to adjust the contractual employees of the MDRO as regular employees after having been agreed to the proposal. “But despite passage of over three weeks, the CS AJK did not issue the notification about the regular adjustment of the contractual employees despite the directions of the AJK prime minister,” he said.

He noted that the AJK government had already been proposed for the regular adjustment of the contractual employees of MDHA, a sister public-sector organisation of the Mangla Dam Affairs Department, meant for supervising the new residential abodes including New Mirpur city and five mega towns exclusively meant for the resettlement and rehabilitation of about one lakh Mangla Dam affectees who had displaced following the raising of the Mangla dam.

“The pen-down strike, started Wednesday, would continue till the acceptance of their demand,” the spokesperson declared.