Indefinite strike of Girdawars, Patwaries enters 27th day

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, June 9: The State wide pen down strike of Girdawars and Patwaries entered 27th 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 24 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, AJKPA leaders said that the association will continue their pen down strike throughout the State till their demands are not met.
Meanwhile, in Kathua district also, Patwaries and Girdawars held a protest in the office premises of DC Kathua, demanding immediate redressal of their grievances including DPC, Grade Pay, ban on direct recruitment of NTs, enhancement of allowances, rent for private accommodations etc.