Patwaris to continue pen-down strike as talks with govt fail

All J&K patwar association Thursday announced to continue ongoing strike after talks between the association and government failed.

All J&K patwar association Thursday announced to continue ongoing strike after talks between the association and government failed.

The government had invited the association executive members for talks in Jammu today.

Sources privy to the meeting told Greater Kashmir that minister for revenue Abdur Rehman Veeri assured the association representatives that their genuine demands would be met shortly.

"The minister tried to convince them and asked to end the ongoing strike. However, the executive members of association led by its state president Sajad Siddique wanted the assurances in writing," said sources.

They added that the meeting which lasted for around thirty minutes at civil secretariat Jammu failed after the both parties didn't budge from their stance. "The minister insisted that his words should be taken as assurances while the association wanted the same from government in writing. The talks failed after disagreement by both parties on the matter," they said.

Confirming the facts, state president of the association Sajad Siddique told Greater Kashmir over phone from Jammu that they were not satisfied by the verbal assurances.

"Time and again, these verbal assurances have been issued to us. The association believes that verbal assurances are issued only to buy time," he alleged.

He added that the protests at district and tehsil headquarters continued on Thursday across the state as a part of their resentment against delay in fulfilling the demands.

The association began four day pen-down strike and protests from Wednesday across the state to press for resolution of their long pending demands.

"We had given the government ultimatum for fulfilling of our demands by or before 20 February 2018. As the deadline given to government for redressal of their grievances ended on 20 February 2018, we began the strike," he said.

Similarly, the protest demonstrations continued on day two at Srinagar, Pulwama, Kupwara, Baramulla, Shopian, Anantnag (Islamabad) and in Leh and Jammu.

The protests were held at most district and tehsil headquarters where large number of patwaris participated in the demonstrations.

Syed Danish, state general secretary of the patwar association who led the protests in Srinagar said that the four day protests could be stretched in indefinite strike in case government shows non-seriousness in resolving their grievances.

"We have time and again taken up our grievances and demands with the government. Despite assurances and promises, nothing was done on ground," he said.

Syed Danish informed that their demands include grade pay of graduate patwaris, abolishing direct recruitment of naib tehsildar, placement of GQs to the post of naib tehsildar, timely DPC of patwaris and GQs.

He added that timely DPC of patwaris and GQs after every six months is a right of patwaris and GQs.

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