JAMMU, May 26: Congress and Independent Councilors of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) here today staged a protest demonstration demanding resumption of fumigation drives in the city as cases of deadly COVID-19 pandemic have increased in Jammu.
The protesters tried to take out a rally to Raj Bhavan to submit a memorandum to the Lt Governor, G.C Murmu but cops stopped them midway.
The protesting Councilors alleged that no attention is being paid to recruit sanitation workers to overcome the shortage of manpower and demanded the resignation of JMC Mayor, Chander Mohan Gupta.
“The Coronavirus cases within the JMC limits are increasing and the process of sanitization has been slowed down. It is very unfortunate that even red zone areas are being ignored,” the memorandum read.
“There is a strong need to increase men and machinery but there is a shortage of Safai Karamcharis,” it said.
The protesters claimed that development work in the city is being done on pick and choose basis and demanded PPE kits for doctors, paramedical staff and Safai Karamcharis.
Implementation of 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts in J&K UT was another demand of the protesters.
The protesting Councilors included Gourav Chopra, Dwarka Choudhary, Ashok Singh Manhas, Kamal Singh, Prof. Yudhivr Singh, Pritam Singh, Bhanu Mahajan, Rajni Bala, S. Sucha Singh, Ritu Choudhary, Anita Sharma, Sobat Ali, Shamma Akhtar, Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Inderjit Kour, Mohi-ud-Din, Ghar Singh Chib and others.