Day 3: Patwaris’ pen-down strike continues

Threaten Intensifying Protests If Demands Not Met

MUDASIR YAQOOB
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 17 2018 12:11AM | Updated Date: May 17 2018 12:11AM
Day 3: Patwaris’ pen-down strike continues

Patwaris across the state Wednesday continued their pen-down strike and protests to press for resolution of their long pending demands.

The patwaris under the banner of All J&K Patwar Association began the strike on 14 May as the “deadline given to government for redress of their grievances ended on 13 May.”

The protest demonstrations were held at Srinagar, Pulwama, Kupwara, Baramulla, Shopian, Anantnag (Islamabad) and in Leh and Jammu.

The protests were held at most district and tehsil headquarters where large number of patwaris participated in the demonstrations.

Raising pro-justice slogans, the patwaris threatened to intensify the protests in case the government maintains silence over the matter.

The strike affected working in revenue department while people complained that they couldn’t obtain important revenue documents.

Provincial president of the association for Kashmir, Peerzada Fayaz Ahmad Baba, who led protests today in Bandipora said the protests “are being held across the state to get the attention of the government towards our genuine long pending demands.”

“We have time and again taken up our grievances and demands with the government. Despite assurances and promises, nothing was done on ground,” he said.

Warning that they would intensify protests if their ‘genuine’ demands were not met soon, the association asked the government to meet their demands without any further delay.

He informed that their demands include grade pay of graduate patwaris, abolishing direct recruitment of naib tehsildar, placement of GQs to the post of naib tehsildar, timely DPC of patwaris and GQs.

“A teacher in the Education department and an accounts assistant in the Finance department having graduation as the basic qualification at the time of appointment is placed in the pay band of 5200-20200 + GP 2800 (SRO 225 dated 18.08.2005 and SRO 94 dated 23.03.2007) while as a patwari having graduation as basic qualification at the time of appointment is placed in the pay band of 5200-20200 + G.P 2400. This is sheer injustice,” he said.

“We demand abolition of direct recruitment of NTs at an earliest. Department has hundreds of experienced PSC qualified Girdawars who can take up the job effectively and with almost no burden on state exchequer,” he added.

He added that timely DPC of patwaris and GQs after every six months is a right of patwaris and GQs.

“Not conducting timely DPC results in stagnation and violation of rights of our community. We demand that DPC may be convened at an earliest to provide justice to the aggrieved,” he said.

Similar reports of protests were received from Jammu province.

 

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