Doda, 24 August: Doda Patwar Association under the banner of All Jammu and Kashmir Patwar Association today begins its 3days pen down strike in Doda District while similar pen down strike was also observed across the JK UT today and the protest demonstrations were also held at all districts of the UT. The call for the strike was given by the association after government ‘failed to respond to their demands. The strike will badly affect working in the Revenue department.
As per the news report, the District Unit of Patwar Association Doda under the President ship of its District President Raiz Ahmed lone sit on day long protest at DC office complex Doda added that the pen down strike will remain for 3days continue till the government did not accept the demands. He said that the strike is in support of their long pending genuine demands which the government fails to fulfill despite repeated request.
Raiz Ahmed butt president patwari association allegedly said that the state government has turned deaf ears towards the long pending demands of the Patwar fraternity. He said that the association has warned the U.T govt that if their demands are not considered at an earliest, the strike may be extended and could be for indefinite period.
A large number of Patwaries and Girdawars of District Doda, participated in the pen down strike.
The speakers impressed upon the Govt to redress the demands at an earliest so that the general public may not suffer more.
Speaking to the media, Patwari khursheed Ahmed said that the demands including enhancement of Grade pay from Rs. 2400 to Rs. 2800 for graduate Patwaries, timely DPC of Patwaries and GQ’s, creation of GQ circles/Patwar Halqas, ban of direct recruitment of NT and increase in allowances.
“When the deployments of the patwaris was made, at that time the Grade pay wrote in Advertisement has been written as Rs. 2800, but after deployment their grade pay changed to Rs. 2400” said the agitating Patwaris and also added that in another departments as far as graduates level is concern, the grade pay is Rs. 2800.
They demanded that the UT government should sanction grade pay of Rs. 2800 in their favour instead of Rs. 2400. They rued that DPC is to be done after 6 months but in the instant case, even after three years no Patwari’s DPC has been cleared or any promotion has been made.