Patwaris Extend Strike

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SRINAGAR: Accusing Govt. of backtracking from its promises, agitating Jammu and Kashmir Patwar Association has decided to extend their strike indefinitely and said nobody in the Govt. was willing to even talk to them. 

The association expressed anguish over the ‘non seriousness’ of the govt. in addressing their problems and said, the govt. was taking the strike ‘casually’.

“We have been on strike for last 22 days and it seems Govt. is in no mood to address our demands.” M. Yasin Mir, provincial president of the JKPA said on Monday, adding that the Revenue Minster Aijaz Ahmad Khan had sought time for arriving to any decision, citing the reason of non availability of Finance Minster Ab. Rahim Rather in the state.

 “Our demands have been accepted by not only the former Chief Minister Gh. Nabi Azad but also the incumbent Govt. still they are reluctant in resolving the issues.”  Mir added.

 He further added that the Govt. had already sought time till 31st March 2012, but failed to deliver which has forced them (Patwaris) to go for strike.

Pertinently the association has been demanding the retrospective effect to the  Pay anomaly that has was granted to them buy the Azad Govt. apart from other demands including enhancing the attempts from 4 to 6 for departmental exams for Naib Tehsildar,  providing office accommodation to Patwaris. (KNS)

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