Landlords yet to receive compensation, job

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Srinagar: For past sixteen years, landlords all across Kashmir have received no compensation and the jobs for the land, acquired from them by the government for the construction of railway tracks in north, south and Central Kashmir.

Scores of landlords amid rains staged a protest against the government and the Railway department in Srinagar on Wednesday. The protesters accused Railway department of fraud and alleged that during the acquisition of land from them, the department had promised a jobless individual from each family will be recruited in the department, however, the department backtracked from its promises.

Protesting landlords said that the department had asked them to submit educational qualification certificates but the irony is even after that no screening committee was constituted to recruit jobless youth in the department. “The department should have provided

us compensation and jobs as we handed our source of income (agricultural land) to them for carrying out developmental works,” they said.

Showkat Ahmed, a protester told CNS that he has no land left for agricultural purposes. “Officials acquired my sole piece of land in 1999 to construct railway track on it. They promised me due compensation and government job but all proved hoax,” he said.

When contacted Chief Area Manager Railways (Northern Office) told CNS that the department has already recruited 700 jobless youth of landlords. “There are some 100 more youth that the department is intending to provide jobs. We have taken up their case with the Ferozpur Division Punjab and hopefully they will also be adjusted in the department in coming days,” he said and added that government has already provided reasonable compensation to these landlords. (CNS)

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