GILGIT (ET): Scores of government employees working on contract in various departments in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) boycotted their workplaces to press the high-ups into regularising their jobs.
Nearly 100 employees gathered outside the chief minister’s (CM) office in Gilgit to convey their grievances to CM Mehdi Shah. “We are here to protest this grave injustice against us. We will go to any extreme to obtain our due rights,” said Arif Hussain, a government employee.
The G-B government recently decided to regularise contractual employees of grade 16, 17 and 18 through the Federal Public Service Commission. The decision, however, made it compulsory for the officials to pass a test to justify the conversion of their terms of employment; this did not bode well with the officials.
A total of four grade-18 employees, 125 grade-17 employees and eight grade-16 employees will have to pass the test in order to have their jobs regularised.
The appointment of these employees had taken place up till 2007 in the departments of agriculture, fisheries, environment protection agency, veterinary and the CM’s inspection commission, among others.