The Jammu Administration today terminated 22 Village Development Council(VDC) SPOs who were mainly from Bhaderwah and Kishtwar. These SPOs have reached the Panthers Party office for help and the JK Media executive met them there and talked to them to know about the problems they are facing.
While talking an SPO said “for the past 3 years we were receiving half salary with which it was becoming difficult for us to meet the needs of our family. Then 17 of us reached the SSP office to talk with him but he said that he can’t do anything but when we didn’t remain silent he terminated 9 SPOs out of 17”.
Another SPO said “currently we are facing problems in meeting the needs of our family. Also, they have taken weapons from us and now we are afraid that some criminal may attack us. I have spent 22 years as an SPO but in July 2019 they terminated us”.
A third SPO said ” all the BPL benefits were cut from the time when we were appointed as SPO and now we are compelled to work as daily wagers. In 2019 we filed an RTI to the Governor and Secretary but both of them rejected the RTI at that time. We want the government to appoint us back to our duties”.
An old aged SPO said “I’m working as an SPO since 1996 and about 3 times I have faced terrorists. I have spent many days and nights fighting with terrorists. There was even a time when all the people of my village left the village but I remained there to fight the terrorists. We have even worked with the police and Army but now they have terminated us”.
Our executive also talked with the senior leader of Panthers Party Rajesh Padgotra. While talking he said “it’s very unfortunate that these people are terminated under a plot. There are about 40,000 SPOs in J&K and why only these few people are terminated? These people have fought against the militants to save the people of their village but in return, they are terminated. I request J&K DGI and J&K LG Manoj Sinha to kindly appoint these people back to their jobs. The Panthers Party has assured them that we will provide them all the help. Also, I want to thank JK media for providing them with a platform to raise their voice”.