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Thakur demands issuing of salaries of VDCs at earliest
10/21/2020 12:15:49 AM

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Jammu, Oct 20: Village Defence Committees (VDCs), which serve as ''security arch'' to defend remote and hilly villages against terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir are not getting their salaries since last two years. Before 2018 they were being paid the salaries, but they are not being paid anything. Advocate Joginder Singh Thakur said that VDCs are providing security to the villages of J&K from the militants and have helped security forces in dealing with the menace of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir since 1990s, but it is very unfortunate that they are not being paid for their work.
Thakur also mentioned that the VDC members belong to various hilly parts of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Reasi, Poonch and Rajouri districts. He urged the Lieutenant Governor Sh. Manoj Sinha to intervene into the matter and get the salaries of these poor members issued as soon as possible.
VDC members are generally poor and their VDC remuneration is their only source of income.
They can not go outside their villages for doing work as they hold the responsibility of the security of respective villages. Joginder Thakur also mentioned that now as winters are coming, VDC members in far flung villages such as Dessa in district Doda will have to get the ration ready as during winters the area is covered with snow. In this situation, if they get their pending salaries, it will be really great thing and they can get the support for their families.
It is worthwhile to mention that Dessa is a far-flung area in District Doda and only source of income of the villagers residing there is the VDC remuneration.
As already mentioned, they cannot go outside the villages for work because of the security of the area. They have survived these two years with sheer difficulty and this year being worse from crops and in general, if the VDC members get the salaries, it will help them in surviving the upcoming winters.
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