M SIKANDER HAIDER   

DERA GHAZI KHAN

For the acceptance of their charter of demands, the All Pakistan Clerks Association (Apca) continued the pen-down strike and protest which entered third day on Wednesday.

They protest against the district administration especially DCO DG Khan Nadeem Ur Reham. Hundreds of employees of DCO office, Political Assistant Office, Additional District Collector office, Assistant Commissioner offices, Revenue Office and Finance Department were staging a sit-in and protested in front of office of ADC DG Khan at District courts area.

Pen down strike and protest were also observed in Tehsil Taunsa and Kot Chutta against the non-implementation of service structure and non-posting of promoted employees.

Talking to The Nation, Apca Central President Nazir Hussain Korai said that the protest demonstrations and pen-down strike would continue till the approval of charter of demands especially its four main points.

Apca Media Advisor Masood Jalbani, Divisional Finance Secretary Mian Javid Sadique, Secretary General Manzoor, Deputy Secretary Revenue Department Malik Ameen, Finance Secretary Shoukat Shah and Secretary Amjad Farid were also present.

About four main points, he said that the first demand was regularisation of 60 contractual employees who had served for five years as per policy of the Punjab government. “Second demand is the posting of the promoted clerical staff of Revenue Department as per promotion policy. Third demand is promotion of 16 class four employees of Revenue Department who had higher qualification as per announced 20 % quota by government, and upgradation of the class-four employees to the next scale,” he detailed.

They said that the government had ignored the employees. They strongly flayed the DCO for not taking interest for resolving their problems. They also warned that they would not end the sit-in unless an official notification of the acceptance of the charter of demands was issued by the district administration. They also demanded the government should withdraw hike in electricity, gas and POL products’ prices.