Agitating relief holders warn to go on fast unto death

Excelsior Correspondent

Relief holders staging a dharna in Front of Relief Commissioners office at Jammu on Tuesday. 	-Excelsior/Rakesh
Relief holders staging a dharna in Front of Relief Commissioners office at Jammu on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

JAMMU, June 5: The relief holders who are on hunger strike for last four days at Jagti and on dharna for last 73rd days today warned to launch fast unto death in case the Government failed to concede their demand of enhancing cash relief to Rs 120 per soul per day as has been demanded by them.
Addressing the protestors today Ajay Bhat, O N Kaw and Surinder said the over aged youth and relief holders are facing many hardships as the Government for a long time has not enhanced the cash assistance despite the fact that the prices of essential commodities have touched the sky.
They said the migrant relief holders who have no sources of income except the cash dolls being provided by the Government o them are unable to meet their day to day expenses especially the education of their children due to price rise.
The relief holders said as the Government was silent spectator to the demand and it failed to take up the issue with the Union Government so they are left with no alternative but to intensify the agitation by going on fast unto death in front of Chief Minister’s residence in case no decision was taken up to June 8.
They also made an appeal to the Apex Committee members to take up the issue with Chief Minister as promised by them and seek justice for the relief holders who have become the worst victims of turmoil.
Meanwhile the demonstration by relief holders also continued in front of Relief Organization today in which a fervent appeal was made to Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and Minister of Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla to pursue the case with Central Government.
Raising slogans in support of their demand the protestors said it is a pity despite their dharna entering 73rd day the Government is looking as a mute spectator to the issue and till date it has failed to take up the case with Union Government despite knowing fully that on meager amount of cash dolls it is not possible for them to make their both ends meet in these hard days when the prices of essential commodities have touched sky.
Addressing protestors Ravinder alias Puppu Ji announced full support to their Jagti counterparts who have warned to launch agitation in front of CM’s residence after June 8.