Patwaries, Girdawars hold protest, threaten of indefinite strike

Patwaries and Girdawars during a protest in DC office complex in Jammu. -Excelsior/ Rakesh
Patwaries and Girdawars during a protest in DC office complex in Jammu. -Excelsior/ Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 23: The 4-day token strike of All J&K Patwar Association (AJKPA) today entered into 3rd day, with the association threatening of indefinite strike if its demands were not fulfilled within few days.
The strike was held at all district headquarters across the State where Patwaries and Girdawars in large number assembled and raised slogans in favour of their demands. Holding banners in their hands, they also staged sit-in protest and criticized the Government for ignoring their demands.

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The main protest was held at District Headquarter, Jammu in DC office complex, where hundreds of Patwaries and Girdawars not only from Jammu district but also from district Samba assembled and raised slogans against in support of their demands.
They were demanding grade pay for graduate Patwaries from Rs 2400 to Rs 2800, timely DPC for Patwaries and GQs, creation of GQ Circles and Patwar Halqas, ban on direct recruitment of Naib Tehsildars, enhancement of allowances for Patwaries and GQs, rent for Patwar Khanas in case of private accommodation, construction of Patwar Khanas and meeting halls, offices for Patwar Association in Jammu and Srinagar districts, and functioning of Departmental Enquiry Cell constituted some months ago.
Speaking on the occasion, AJKPA president, Sajjad Siddique and provincial president, Mohd Farooq Malik said that the association was forced to adopt the path of agitation as a chain of meetings with Revenue Minister failed to yield any results. They said that Revenue Minister had constituted the Committee under the chairmanship of Additional Commissioner, Kashmir to examine the demands of Patwar Association.
“Though the Committee submitted its report to the Government on 27.09.2017 recommending all the genuine demands of the Patwar fraternity but till date these recommendations have not been even considered by the Government despite a number of memorandums submitted to it from time to time”, they added.