All Jammu and Kashmir Patwar Association (AJKPA) Friday announced initiation of indefinite strike against the deferment of departmental promotion committee (DPC) meeting which was scheduled to be held today.
Revenue officials (Patwaris) have been demanding conduct of DPC for past five years. They alleged that revenue employees of Kashmir region were discriminated against while DPC meetings for Jammu region were being conducted on time.
Sajjad Siddique, provincial president AJKPA said over 350 Patwaris from Kashmir valley were awaiting their promotion for last three years as the government failed to hold DPC meetings in Kashmir.
"While the DPC meetings in Jammu region are held regularly, the government has failed to do so in Kashmir region leaving Patwaris of the Valley in lurch. Patwaris in Kashmir who have been appointed after 1991 are working in the same cadre for the last 24 years. It is injustice with us," Siddique said.
He said that the Association has been pursuing the matter with higher ups from past three years. "Now the dates were finalized for DPC but only to defer them again. Earlier, the dates of DPC have also been deferred several times," he said, adding, "The Association has unanimously now decided to go for indefinite strike from Saturday (August 22) to express resentment against the authorities for delaying the much genuine demand of ours."
Syed Khurshid, president AJKPA district Srinagar said, "We have worked hard day and night during and after floods. We will not let the authorities to play politics over our genuine demand. We want that our DPCs should be conducted in the same way as that of Jammu revenue officials."