Ex-Kargil war porters demand Govt jobs

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 29: Ex-Kargil war porters today appealed the Centre as well as State Govern-ments to provide them permanent Government jobs, as was promised.
“We were recruited in Pathankot, Udhampur, Akhnoor and Poonch area of Punjab and J&K besides in Kandrori at Himachal Pradesh as Army Civilian Porters after passing medical test and other formalities by the concerned authorities groups APO during Kargil War (Operation Vijay) in the year 1999-2002,” unemployed porters said.
They said, “We served in most difficult terrain in Kargil area along with regular army troops but got disengaged and ordered to return to their respective native places after the war was over. The authorities verbally gave assurance and handed a certificate to every individual assuring preference in recruitment in Government job keeping in view of our service to the nation in the hour of need but they remained neglected by the respective Governments.”
The ex-porters said that the Government has framed rehabilitation and employment policy for the surrendered militants who are involved in criminal and anti-national activities, policies for martyred porters in Operation Vijay and Kargil war 1999-2002, but unfortunately, they are still waiting to get absorbed in the different departments as assured by the then commanding authorities.