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JK residents all set to suffer as Patwaris proceed on 4 day strike from Feb 21
2/18/2018 11:12:53 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Feb 18: People living across the length and breadth of the state are all set to face problems since the Land Record Assistants (LRAs) known as Patwaris in local parlance are proceeding on a four day strike from February 21 (Wednesday).
The call for strike has been given by All Jammu & Kashmir Patwar Association (AJKPA) against the government's failure to fulfill the demands of the Patwaris that according to the association are pending for a long time now. The association has said that the lackadaisical attitude of the state government has forced them to take the extreme step.
"For the last three years or so we carried out series of meetings with the Minister for Revenue. We projected the demands and in turn we got assurance time and again that the demands would be fulfilled. However, there has been no action from the people ate helm and we continue to suffer for no fault of ours," said Sajad Sidiqui, President AJKPA.
The AJKPA President said that a committee formed by the state government to look into the demands of Patwaris had recommended that the demands are genuine and these should be fulfilled without fail. He said the recommendations of the committee have been virtually thrown into the 'dustbin' by the state government.
"To make the matters worse the Department of Finance rejected the file containing our demands duly accepted by the committee. We raised the issue with Minister for Revenue who said that needful action would be taken once the budget session of legislature is over. He did not meet the concerned minister. Although the session is well over now our demands continue to remain unfulfilled," said Sajad. The AJKPA President said that four day strike from February 21 would be a token one adding that the association may be forced to adopt a more regressive approach if the state government does not take the necessary steps. He said that despite putting all their efforts the Patwaris have been neglected by the government and as such they have been forced to pursue the path of strike.
The demands of Patwaris include increase in grade pay of graduate Patwaris from Rs. 2400 to 2800 and provision of rent for Patwar Khanas since the same is paid by them out of their own pockets. The AJKPA has also demanded the creation of Patwar and Girdawar circles, allotment of charge allowances for Patwaris and Girdawars and timely conduct of Departmental Promotion Committees (DPCs).
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