NYC hunger strike venue thronged by out-of-power politicians

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SRINAGAR: Members of the National Youth Corps (NYC) who have taken to hunger strike from past fortnight demanding regularization of their services are drawing out-of-the-power politicians in drones

It was the turn of former Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, who assured full support to the striking NYC members on Thursday shortly after the former Speaker, Mubarak Gul and former Tourism Minister, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, had visited them.

Pertinently, during National Conference-Congress rule in State from 2008 to 2014, NYC members observed hunger strikes on many occasions but the then NC-Congress government paid no heed to their demands and instead let the police used to flex their muscles on these protesters.

In June 2012, the National Youth Corps Volunteers called off their nine-day long hunger and protest programme following assurance by then Youth Services and Sports Minister R.S.Chib that their demands will be taken care of.

Again in 2013, they staged a 72-hour hunger strike which the police foiled by beating the protestors to pulp.

After the summer agitation in 2010, hundreds of youth were engaged to deter them from stone-pelting.

On completion of their term, verbal extension order was issued on June 3, 2012. Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, had announced that 8000 youth have been provided government jobs, but the volunteers contest the claim out rightly.  “It is surprising to see out of power politicians thronging to Pratap Park to express solidarity with us,” one of the protesting NYC members said. “Little do they realize when they were in power, they did nothing for us.”

Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu, had visited the venue twice to pacify the protestors some of them females but even then they have not been deterred from calling the strike off.

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