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Eyes and ears of Govt, Chowkidars still get peanuts as salary
7/9/2020 11:20:55 AM

Early Times Report
Jammu, July 8: Around a year back, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as several Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leaders had used “Chowkidar” prefix, a hope was generated among the lowest paid Chowkidars but after lapse of over one year they are still getting measly salary Rs. 1500.

Even during the rule of Lieutenant Governor the officials from various districts have refused to furnish the information sought by the office of Financial Commissioner.

According to documents in the possession of Early Times following the repeated representations made by Chowkidars for enhancement of their salary, on 31st of January 2020, the Revenue Department had written to Financial Commissioner (Rev) vide letter number Rev/LB/98/88-III in which several letters as well as reminders were mentioned.

The letter reads, “I am directed to invite your kind attention towards this Department’s letter dated 6/01/2020 followed by reminders dated 7/11/2019, 20/06/2019, 17/01/2019, 24/10/2018 regarding the subject cited above (representation of village Chowkidars for enhancement of honorarium) and to say that requisite information is still awaited, which may kindly be expedited without further delay”.

It also added that the copies of representation received from Lieutenant Governor’s Secretariat, Personal Section of Advisor (F) beside representation of Jammu and Kashmir Chowkidars Association has also been attached.

Moreover, in response to the grievance submitted by Chowkidar Association to Lieutenant Governor’s Secretariat, which in turn vide letter number LGS-1(GR) 19/239 dated 3rd of January 2020 had forwarded a letter to Secretary to Government Revenue department.

The letter reads, “This has reference to the enclosed representation received in this Secretariat on 26/12/2019 from Village Chowkidars. In this contest, it is desired to request you to furnish the views of the Revenue department on this enhancement and role of Chowkidars under present times within 15 days”, it concludes.
The office of Divisional Commissioner Jammu vide letter number 503/LRA/Lambardar/2019/1030-40 dated 13/02/2020 had sought information from all the Deputy Commissioners of Jammu province on the subject enhancement of honorarium of Chowkidars.

The letter narrates the causal approach shown by the office of Deputy Commissioners and it reads, “Kindly refer to this office letter dated 2/02/2020 regarding the subject (enhancement of honorarium of Chowkidars), where under you were requested to furnish detailed report/ recommendations to this office, which has not been received by this office till date. Now the financial Commissioner Revenue vide letter dated 10/02/2020 has again enclosed copies of representation…..”.

The letter has also mentioned various communiqués as well as reminders sent by the office of Lieutenant Governor as well as Advisors and had asked the DCs to furnish a detailed report, along with your comments/suggestions.

It is more than six months since the letters have been forwarded by the higher authorities but so far there is no information about the status of the applications. “We have been serving as eyes as ears of the government and even endanger or lives for the government but so far government has not taken any decision about the enhancement of our salary, which is merely 1500”, said president of Association Ghulam Bhat, adding that a Chowkidar could not get a government job and has to perform various jobs but in the meagre salary of Rs. 1500, one could easily imagine, how the Chowkidars have been making their ends meet.

The Chowkidars appealed to the LG administration to issue instructions to the concerned departments so that their genuine demand should be addressed without any further delay
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