Package employees protest, reiterate relocation demand

PM package employees protesting outside Press Club Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
PM package employees protesting outside Press Club Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 13: Reiterating the demand for their relocation outside the Valley till peace is restored in Kashmir, the irate Prime Minster package employees held a protest demonstration in front of Press Club here, today,

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Hundreds of employees, both men and women, assembled under the banner of ‘All Migrant Employee Association Kashmir’ outside the Press Club carrying placards, reading, “Don’t rehabilitate us at the cost of our blood! Orphaning our children! Widowing our wives! and the only solution is relocation anywhere outside Valley.”
The PM package employees working in various districts of Valley said that they have lost their entire hope and confidence as administration has failed to protect the lives of members of minority community in Valley who were killed by militants during last one year in broad day light in their offices or work places.
The protestors said that they have received many threats from militant outfits asking them either leave Valley or get killed which is a serious issue and employees of minority community totally feel insecure under prevailing circumstances in Valley.
The protestors said that it is not possible for them to work and live in Valley along with their families till the conducive atmosphere prevails there. They made appeals both to Lt Governor and Union Government to preserve their right to life and consider their demand on humanitarian grounds.
They demanded that all Valley posted employees be immediately shifted outside Kashmir to stop any further bloodshed of minorities, the employees should be temporarily attached to Relief Organisation, Jammu, till there is considerable improvement in situation in Kashmir, benefits of SRO 43 be given to Package employees at par with other Government employees, SO 194 be repealed and it should not be applied on package employees as the posts were sanctioned before June 1, 2020 and draconian bond be repealed immediately and Central Government CSR be enacted upon.
“Our protest is part of the ongoing agitation for our relocation from the Valley as we are not secure there. We have reached Jammu while our colleagues are still on protest in the Valley for the last 31 days,” one of the protesters Shweta Bhat said.
“We are working on the field, feeling depressed and unable to concentrate on our work with a fear in mind,” Bhat said, rejecting the Government assurance of relocation to safer places within the Valley.
She said the protesting employees will not buy the “Government lollipops” as “our lives are at stake”. “Let the Government relocate us anywhere outside the Valley till the situation becomes normal,” she added.
Bhat said while all those living in rented accommodations have reached Jammu, those staying in Government accommodations are locked in transit camps where they are continuing their protest.
Another protester Ajay Kumar said, “We are employees and are ready to serve, but the situation is not conducive for us. We will return when the Government announces that Kashmir has become militancy-free.”