Durbar opens amid protests

Police Foil Employees’ March To Civil Secretariat

ABHINAV VERMA

Jammu, Nov 5: Amid series of protest by various political parties and employees unions, Jammu and Kashmir government today resumed its work in winter capital of the state after traditional Durbar Move.
In continuance with the 140-year-old practice of erstwhile Maharajas of shifting capital in Jammu and Kashmir with change of seasons, offices including civil secretariat, state legislature, Raj Bhawan started their work in the winter capital here after shifting from Srinagar.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was given guard of honour by state Police contingent on his arrival at civil secretariat and later inaugurated newly constructed rooms at the complex and addressed a meeting of his ministers and officials. He also inaugurated five upgraded and computerized administrative halls of CAPD, Transport, G P Fund, Sheep and Animal Husbandry Departments.
Director Estates, RK Koul gave details of the newly created infrastructure appraising the Chief Minister of nature of the facilities created in the targeted time frame.
"We want to work for the people of J&K--people have given us full support and cooperation-- We seek cooperation from the people of Jammu to ensure development and progress in this region for the next 6 months after reopening of Durbar offices," Omar told reporters here today.
Omar said our endeavour would be to sort out problems being faced by the people in the next six months.
"Our single biggest contribution to the state is conduct of Panchayat polls to empower people at the grass-root level," the Chief Minister said.
In view of threat of protests, authorities had imposed prohibitory orders around the secretariat and heavy police deployment was made to deal with them.
Over one hundred government employees, under the banner State Government Employees Joint Action Committee (SGEJSC), today made the unsuccessful bid to Gherao Civil Secretariat after they were restricted by a strong contingent of police.
Led by SGEJAC leaders from Kashmir, Ladakh and Kargil, the employees assembled at Press Club and amid anti- government and pro-employees slogans tried to march  towards the civil, but they resisted by police personnel forcing them to disperse leading to a scuffle between the two sides.
Earlier, addressing the protesters, the SGEJSC criticized the government for its failure to address the demands of the employees in stipulated time frame.
They said the indifferent attitude of state government had compelled employees to come on roads to press for their genuine demands, including clear cut regularization policy for ASHA workers, disbursement of timely pay, Dearness Allowance (DA) to employees, budgetary support to sick PSUs, increase in medical allowance to Rs 1000, increase in the retirement age and raising the cap on LPG cylinders.
While condemning the use of police force, he threatened intensify if state government failed to concede their demands at the earliest.
The leaders also announced to launch ‘Karmchari Sampark Abhiyan from Lakhanpur to Tangdhar’ on November 18 covering the entire state including Ladhak to achieve the objective of employees.
Led by Shamsher Singh Manhas, state president of BJP, party activists took anti-government protest on the opening day of Durbar offices, police said.
They were alleging that Omar-led coalition government failed to address the problems being faced by the people, and there was discrimination against Jammu region at all levels.
"People of the state are suffering on account of inadequate supply of ration, shortage and black marketing of LPG and delay in holding the Urban Local Bodies elections despite repeated assurances by the state government," the BJP leader said.
BJP national executive member Ashok Khajuria said that even after 65 years of independence the people of Jammu region were subjected to discrimination by the successive Kashmir centric governments.
Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party activists also organized a protest outside the Raj Bhawan to lodge its protest against the state government for its "persistent neglect and deprivation of Jammu region."
Around dozens of NPP activists assembled outside governor house and raised slogans against the state government.
Addressing the protesters, Chairman of NPP Harsh Dev Singh criticized state government’s consecrated policies of disregard and bias against Jammu region. “No more of differential, discriminatory treatment against Jammu region would be tolerated”, he said.
He demanded from state government that equitable share granted to Jammu Pradesh in the matter of employment opportunities with particular reference to employment generated under Himayat scheme Udaan scheme and Prime Minster's Employment Package besides state level posts created from time to time.
He also deplores the in explicable delay in the creation of infrastructure and other requisite facilities in central University Jammu.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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