KARAK - All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA), district Karak chapter, set up a hunger strike camp here on Wednesday against the government for using delaying tactics in giving an approval to implementation of time scale.

The clerks also demanded implementation of recommendations of the pay and pension committee. They resolved that countrywide protests would be organised if the government failed to satisfy the low paid employees. The hunger strike camp organised by APCA district Karak held at Tehsil Chowk Karak and a large number of clerks participated in the meeting. The people of all walks of life visited the camp to show solidarity with the clerks.

Addressing the clerks on the occasion, the district president of the community Malik Iftikhar Ahmad Khattak alleged that the government was using delaying tactics in giving an assent to time scale for the clerks. They announced that service structure without time scale was not acceptable to them.

He regretted that they have very limited opportunities of promotion to higher scales in the service and added that they almost retired in the same scale in which they entered into the government job. The district president said that the government machinery was run by the clerks but their lives remained very miserable themselves due to low income.

Khattak claimed that the central and provincial leadership of their community had presented the charter of demands to the government but the government has kept a mum over their demands. He demanded that clerks’ foundation should be established so that practical steps could be taken for the welfare of the community.  He demanded of the government to approve the time scale for the clerks without any further delay and also implement the recommendations of the pay and pension committee with letter and spirit. He resolved if the government failed to accept the genuine demands of the clerks’ community then they would launch the countrywide protest against the government for the acceptance of their demands. The district president said that they would no more believe on the hollow promises of the government rather they would be satisfied only when the government take practical steps for the welfare of the low paid employees.