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JKNPP protests transportation of bovines to Manipur from Jammu Military farms
2/22/2020 11:25:24 PM
BJP silent over organized cow smuggling to outside states: Harsh
Early Times Report

Jammu, Feb 22: Enraged over the retrenchment of casual labourers working in Military farms in J&K and transportation of respective cattle to Manipur in barbaric manner following the closure of such farms in Jammu region, a strong battalion of Panther activists led by Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and former Minister along with terminated farm workers and office bearers of J&K Ex-servicemen state diary cooperative limited staged a thunderous protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground in Jammu today.
While raising slogans against the BJP, the agitated protesters accused the govt of arbitrarily terminating the services of the local youth working in said farms and facilitating organized bovine smuggling in violation of the directives issued by Ministry of Defence pertaining to Military farms.
Addressing the media, Harsh Dev Singh said that for the purpose of supply of quality milk and dairy products to the defence personnel the Military farms (MFs) established at Jammu, Udhampur and Nowshera were ordered to be closed by Ministry of Defence, GoI in the year 2017-18.
He said while the Military farm workers in other states were progressively transferred to other wings and departments of Defence, the casual labourers of the Jammu based farms who were engaged on monthly wages for years were ruthlessly terminated from their services after having been treated like disposables. “Over 50 casual workers of Jammu Military farm alone were pushed to starvation by the authorities despite having policy of regularization laid down by the GoI. Several of them have rendered their services for more than 12 years and there are many who have given 20-25 years of their lives in the service of maintaining the farms and the cattle. How could the Govt be so callous to the workers who gave precious years of their youth in the service of the department?” questioned Singh.
Expressing anguish over the fate of the cows of the closed Military farms, Harsh Dev Singh pointed out that the closure order categorically directed the authorities to transfer the respective cattle to Central/ State government departments or State co-operatives.
He regretted while the cows of Udhampur and Nowshera Military farms were distributed among SC/ST farmers and mule operators, the hapless 750 cows of Jammu Military farm mainly of Fieswal breed were left to the mercy of God. “As reported by the terminated workers and Ex-serviceman livestock cooperative society each cow worth Rs 1 lac is sold for meagre Rs. 1000/- outside State and 350 such cows have been transported in trucks and dispatched to Manipur in circumvention of the directives issued by the Defence Ministry.
Drawing the attention of Union Minister for Defence and Lt. Governor of J&K over the issue, Mr. Singh rued the termination of the Military farm workers in Jammu region and transportation of respective cattle to North Eastern state as a well hatched conspiracy to sub serve the vested interests of unscrupulous elements.
He demanded revival of the Jammu based MFs besides reinstatement and regularization of all the terminated farm labourers without any delay.
“Retrieve the dispatched consignment of precious cattle to Manipur and transfer it along with the remaining lot to the Ex-Servicemen State Dairy Co-operative at the earliest, otherwise face consequences. Panthers will neither tolerate the human rights violation of the youth nor the cruelty perpetuated on the animals sacred to us”, Harsh roared.
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