NADRA contract employees continue protests and Dharna in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD (March 20, 2012) : Sit-in and protest held by hundreds of contractual employees of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) entered into its second day at the capital’s D-Chowk area on Monday.
So far, no significant government representative has visited the area to hold a dialogue with the protesters.
The employees under the banner of All-Pakistan NADRA Employees (APNE) vowed to continue their sit-in until their demands for regularisation and reinstatement of their sacked colleagues were met.
Carrying flags and banners inscribed with their demands, the employees hailing from Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab raised slogans against NADRA’s chairman throughout the day.
Speaking on the occasion, APNE office-bearers Ghulam Murtaza, Rao Nadeem, Asif Bashir, Fiazullah Karkar and Faiz Ahmad Anjum said the sit-in would continue until their demands are met.
They said workers of the APNE will also observe a countrywide shutter-down protest to press the government for their regularisation. They have vowed not to return to work until their demands were met.
Around 15,000 NADRA employees working on contract basis across the country for the last 12 years are now running from pillar to post for their regularisation. In this regard, they also observed a countrywide strike from February 20 to 26, 2012.
The strike ended after the assurances given to them by President Asif Ali Zardari’s sister MNA Faryal Talpur.
Meanwhile, NADRA has fired 61 employees from various divisions because of their alleged involvement in making unions and creating problems for the organisation.
To pacify their demands, the NADRA chairman issued a notification, which extended the contracts of all employees, until their retirement.
But, the APNE had rejected the notification saying they would not be entitled to any pension if they retired as contractual employees even after working for the authority until their retirement age.