Patwaris Extend Strike Indefinitely

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Accusing government of backtracking from its promises, agitating Jammu and Kashmir Patwari association has decided to extend their strike indefinitely and said nobody in the government was willing to even talk to them. The association expressed anguish over the ‘non seriousness’ of the government in addressing their problems and said, the govt. was taking the strike ‘casually’.

“We have been on strike for last 22 days and it seems government is in no mood to address our demands”, M Yasin Mir, provincial president of the JKPA told a local news agency, KNS on Monday, adding that the Revenue Minster Aijaz Ahmad Khan had sought time for arriving to any decision, citing the reason of non availability of Finance Minster Abdul Rahim Rather in the state.

“Our demands have been accepted by not only the former Chief Minister Gh Nabi Azad but also the incumbent government still they are reluctant in resolving the issues”,  Mir added.

He further added that the government had already sought time till March 31, 2012, but failed to deliver which has forced them (Patwaris) to go for strike.

The association said that even before the strike, they had served a notice to the government giving them 10 days to address the demands, but according to the President the government showed cold response which left them with no option other than to come on roads.

Pertinently the association has been demanding the retrospective effect to the  Pay anomaly that has was granted to them buy the Azad government apart from other demands including enhancing the attempts from 4 to 6 for departmental exams for Naib Tehsildar,  providing office accommodation to Patwaris.

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