JAMMU, June 13: The State wide pen down strike of Girdawars and Patwaries entered 31st day today with hundreds of Patwaries and Girdawars continuing their sit-in protest at DC office complex, Jammu.
On the call given by All J&K Patwar Association, all the Girdawars and Patwaries throughout the State have been on strike for last 31 days in support of their demands and to register their protest they are also on continuous sit-in protest at DC office.
Raising slogans against the Government for ignoring their demands, the speakers said that they were assured of fulfilling their demands many times in the past by the concerned authorities but every time they were cheated and compelled to chose the path of agitation.
Reiterating their demands like grade pay for Graduate Patwaries, conducting timely DPC of patwaries and Girdawars, creation of GQ Circles and Patwar halqas, ban on direct recruitment of Naib Tehsildar, enhancement of allowances for Patwaries and Girdawars, rent for Patwar Khanas (private accommodation) and construction of Patwar Khanas, senior State vice president of AJKPA, Mushtaq Ahmed Ganai and Jammu provincial president, Farooq Malik, said that the association will continue their pen down strike throughout the State till their demands are not met.
Meanwhile, the association decided to suspend their strike and protest from June 14 to 17 on account of Eid-ul-Fitr. It was decided that the strike will be continued from June 18 to press the Government to fulfill the genuine demands of Patwaries and Girdawars.
Others who spoke on the occasion were ex-State president, Raman Raj Sharma, district president, Jammu, Kaleem Ahmed, secretary, Jammu, Shabir Ahmed, Sadeeq Ahmed, accountant and Jagdish Raj, cashier.
Indefinite strike of Girdawars, Patwaries enters 31st day