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AJKPC hunger strike enters second day
12/4/2019 10:25:44 PM

Early Times Report

JAMMU, Dec 4: The 168-hour-long hunger strike, started by the elected Panchayat members under the leadership of All Jammu Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) state president Anil Sharma, against the non-payment of Rs 1,000-crore MGNREGA liabilities entered the second day on Wednesday.
The Sarpanches and Panches from various parts of Kashmir Valley and Jammu division, who assembled at the site of hunger strike at Dogra Chowk, raised noisy slogans against the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department and the Secretary of the department Sheetal Nanda for misleading the Union government and the Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu over the sensitive MGNREGA issue.
In his address, the AJKPC president Anil Sharma said that the Rural Development department and its Secretary Sheetal Nanda had been misleading the Union Government and J&K Lieutenant Governor over MGNREGA issue.
"It is highly unfortunate that poor labourers who executed works and the mates who expended their hard earned money to manage the development works have been facing hardships due to non-clearance of their dues," the AJKPC leader said, adding that they had put the UT administration on a legal notice for 15 days for resolution of the issue but the administration did not bother to address the genuine issue of the people. He said the government should have announced the ex-gratia for NoKs of the martyred Sarpanch at the time when it made the similar announcement for slain agriculture officer. "It reflects that J&K administration does not give any value to the life of the elected Panchayat members. This kind of attitude is quite shocking and shameful," Sharma said.
The elected Panchayat members also demanded adequate security cover to Sarpanches and Panches in vulnerable areas and enhancement of their monthly honorarium from existing Rs 2,500 (Sarpanch) and Rs 1,000 (Panch) to a respectable and reasonable amount.
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