Srinagar, Apr 21: Thousands of Jammu and Kashmir government employees today took out to the streets here in protest against price rise of essential commodities.
The employees of different government departments assembled at the headquarters of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) at Shaheed Gunj in the old city under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC).
Later, the employees, raised slogans against the government for failing to control the prices of essential commodities.
The EJAC said the government had failed to control the prices of essential commodities, affecting the common man particularly those belonging to Below the Poverty Line (BPL).
After marching through different streets, including the historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, the employees dispersed peacefully.
A number of trader's federations and unions have also expressed concern over the price rise alleging it had affected their business also.
The State Secretary of the Communist Party of India (M) has also voiced concern over the rising prices of essential commodities.
Meanwhile, to curb profiteering and hoarding and ensure proper availability of essential commodities at reasonable rates in Anantnag district, checking squads has been constituted by the Deputy Commissioner.