Patwar Association’s Strike Enters Seventh Day, Tarigami Lends His Support

SRINAGAR: The Anantnag Patwar Association continued their sit-in protest for the seventh consecutive day at Achabal, to seek an early redressal of their demands.

The Patwar Association said they have been demanding a hike in pay scales for patwaris, departmental promotion of patwaris and girdawars, and a ban on direct recruitment of Tehsildars.

They said that construction of patwar khanas, creation of patwar halqas and girdawar circles, timely conduct of DPCs, and an increase in their allowances are also in their agenda.

“We are sitting here under the banner of All Jammu and Kashmir Patwari Association for the seventh consecutive day, to let the government know about our demands. We graduate patwaris have a grade pay issue which the government should consider.” they said.

“Education and finance departments , teachers , account officers in the finance department have a handsome grade pay. Similarly, we graduate Patwaris demand a genuine increase in our grade pay.”

The other issue is that girdawar circle and pathwar Halqa are the same since the time of Maharaja Hari Singh and  we demanding for their delimitation,”  they added.

“We would also like to draw the keen interest of the administration towards the direct recruitment of Naib Tehsildars and demand a 75:25 quota, like the one in vogue in the Union territory of Ladakh and 75%, Girdawars and departmental Patwaris should be promoted to Naib Tehsildar”, the protesting paatwaris  further said.

Meanwhile CPI (M) leader Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami also urged the government to redress genuine demands of striking patwaris. “The strike of patwaris has paralysed the working in revenue department”, Tarigami said.

“The administration has been giving assurances and making promises that their genuine grievances would be redressed, but nothing seems to be happening on ground, forcing them to go on protest. The demands include increase in the grade pay of graduate patwaris, timely departmental promotion of patwaris,girdawaris, rent for Patwar Khanas (Private accommodation), construction of new Patwar Khanas, creation of new patwar halqas and Girdawar circles are all genuine demands, which must be fulfilled without any further delay”, Tarigami said in a statement.

He urged that the Government must talk to the representatives of the Association and take effective steps to settle their genuine demands. (GNS)


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