PESHAWAR, Jan 10: Sub-engineers posted in different government departments have started pen-down strike against the delay in their upgradation and urged the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan to materialise his commitment with them otherwise they will start a sit-in outside his residence in Banigala Islamabad from Jan 15.
Speaking at a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Jan 9, all sub-engineers association provincial president Malik Bashir Ahmed said the provincial government had regularised thousands of employees of various departments but it was using delaying tactics to regularise 950 sub-engineers.
“A delegation of the employees had met Imran Khan at his Islamabad residence in May 2017, and the PTI chief had asked the chief secretary to resolve the issue at the earliest, but despite passage of many months no steps had been taken for giving us service structure,” he said.
Other office bearers of the association, including Nigar-ul-Haq, Malik Imdad Bangash, Syed Zahid Shah, Akhtar Hussain Khan, Niamatullah Marwat, Mukhtiar Hussain, Abdali Shah, Abdur Rahman and Safifullah Khan also spoke on the occasion.
Bashir Ahmad said it was pathetic that the sub-engineers were appointed in grade 11 and they had to get retirement in the same pay scale as they were not given promotion.
“We have started pen down strike and will start observing sit-in outside the residence of Imran Khan from Jan 15 for an indefinite period if our demands are not met,” he warned. He said that the sub-engineers would not be responsible for any mishap during their strike and sit-in.
Published by Daily Dawn on Jan 10, 2018