Patwaris begin indefinite pendown strike, hold protests
By: Beigh Irshad
GANDERBAL: The Girdawars and Patwaries of J&K are again on protest after failing to get their long-pending demands fulfilled by government.
Scores of Girdawars and Patwaries set up a tent in front of Tehsil Office Ganerbal and raised slogans against the Government for ignoring their demands.
Nearly two months later, they are back with the same demands – 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.
“Who is happy to see people suffering by our strike but unfortunately we have been forced to do so” Malik Showkat, Executive Member AJKPA told Valley Online.
“Two months back when we were on pendown strike for days, state government asked us to call off strike for talks but now after months we are still in the same boat” Malik added.
All J&K Patwar Association (AJKPA) had suspended their agitation on February 25 on the contention that the Govt meets their demands.
“We have time and again taken up our grievances and demands with the government. Despite assurances and promises, nothing was done on ground,” Sofi mehraj district president Ganderbal told Valley Online
” we will continue our pen down strike till the demands are not met and for inconvenience to the public due to the strike of state Government is responsible” he added.
People who needed revenue documents and other information related to land deals were seen disappointed and fearing of losses due to the indefinite Pendown strike called by Patwar Association Association.