Pen down strike of Girdawars, Patwaries enters 9th day

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 22: The State wide pen down strike of Girdawars and Patwaries entered 9th day today with hundreds of Patwaries and Girdawars staging a sit-in protest at DC office complex, Jammu.
On the call given by All J&K Patwar Association, a large number of Girdawars and Patwaries assembled today at DC office and raised 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.
They said that for inconvenience to the public due to the strike of the association, Government is fully responsible. Other association leaders present on the protest site were Raman Ram Sharma, ex-State president, State organizer, Vinay Kumar, provincial secretary, Mohd Saleem, Jammu district president, Kaleem Ahmed, secretary, Jammu, Shabir Ahmed, district president, Samba, Amjad Malik and district president, Kathua, Raj Kumar.


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