Kupwara Councillors protest against lack of basic amenities during training programme


Municipal councillors from Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Tuesday staged a protest in press enclave, Srinagar against the government authorities for not being able to provide the necessary facilities and security during their training programme in Srinagar.

Kupwara Councillors protest in Srinagar. KL image by Bilal Bahadur

Scores of the councillors from various areas of the Kupwara district, led by President Municipal Committee, Handwara, assembled at press colony shouting slogans in favour of their demand. The protesting councillors said that a three-day training programme for the municipal councillors of all the districts of Kashmir was launched by the government at Institute of Management, Public Administration & Rural Development (IMPA) a month ago, but during the training, the councillors allegedly had to face many problems.

“There was no accommodation for any of us, no transportation and other promised facilities as the government has already provided funds for that matter,” said a protesting councillor from Handwara.

The furious councillors added that they all were left on roads till 9:00 PM, as there was no accommodation or transport facility available for them. “We are ready to work for the benefit of people but not at the cost of our security”, said a female councillor from Handwara.

The president added that despite repeated requests to the Divisional Commissioner and additional commissioner of the state to look into the matter, there were no initiatives taken by them which ultimately led us to hit the streets. The councillors threatened to resign from their jobs if their demands are not fulfilled.


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