Family members join SRTC employees protest in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Feb 25 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) employees today again took to streets alongwith their family members, demanding early release of their pending salaries of five months.

Hundreds of employees from different parts of the valley, alongwith their family members, including children, assembled at the headquarters of the SRTC near here to protest against government's failure to release their salaries.

Raising slogans against the SRTC management, the employees marched through different streets before dispersing peacefully near the Divisional Commissioner's office.

The employees claimed that nothing has happened despite repeated assurances from the advisor to Chief Minister that he will take up the matter with the authorities concerned and get their wages released.

''We are facing starvation. We have nothing to eat as shopkeepers refuse to giv us the essential commodities, the family members of employees said.

The General Secretary of the SRTC employees coordination committee said they have presented a 13-point demand to the government, which included release of wages, payment of cost of living from 2006, appointment of children of deceased employees under SRO-43 and appointment of a commission to probe into alleged scandals in the corporation.

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