Srinagar : Chairman Jammu & Kashmir Teachers Forum Mohd Rafique Rather Monday filed his nomination papers as the candidate for the upcoming election for the post of President EJAC in the office of Returning officer at Tulsi Bagh Srinagar. He was accompanied by scores of employees of various Departments during the nomination filling. Pertinent to mention that 7th of November was the last date for filing the nomination papers & election is scheduled on 16th of November, 2020. As per the statement of Spokesperson JKTF, Rather is a prominent & veteran Trade Union Leader who is associated with Trade Union over decades & has subsequently contributed in various Capacities including District President EJAC, State General Secretary J&K Teachers Forum, Chairman J&K Teachers Forum.
Meanwhile in a brief interaction with media after filing his nomination papers,Rather said EJAC is largest and only organisation which represents 4.5 lakh employees of Jammu and Kashmir. The organisation is working for the welfare & betterment of employees of J&K & it’s for the first time electoral process is taking place in EJAC & the move has pinned hopes in the world of Trade Union. He said restoration of democratic process will strength the platform and will bring in transparency and accountability in the working of the leadership and added that since he has a long journey in trade unionism thus can well understand the pros and cons of it. Appealing employees of the state irrespective of cadre and status to support the platform to restore the lost glory of the organisation as custodian of honour and dignity of employees of JK. He said election process will close shops who claim to be the representatives when there is nobody with them and are self proclaimed leaders and added that employees of Jammu & Kashmir should discourage such elements who have created mess which is telling upon our credibility.
Urging press (print and electronic) to be more fair in giving coverage to such persons who do not represent any body but themselves only. He said after election EJAC will be taking up the issues of all employees for immediate redressal. He appealed all 42 departmental presidents to support his candidature and assured them that he will try to come to their expectations.