Councillors Protest Over Lack Of Arrangements During Training Programme

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SRINAGAR — Scores of the council­lors from various areas of Kup­wara protested here in Srinagar over the lack of proper arrange­ments at a training programme that was held here recently.

Led by President Municipal Committee Handwara, they as­sembled at press colony shout­ing slogans in favour of their demand. The protesting coun­cillors said that a three-day training programme for the mu­nicipal councillors of all the dis­tricts of Kashmir was launched by the government at Institute of Management, Public Admin­istration & Rural Development (IMPA) a month ago, but during the training, the “councillors had to face many problems.”

“There was no accommodation for any of us, no transportation and other promised facilities,” said a protesting councillor from Handwara.

The furious councillors added that they all were left on roads till 9:00 pm as there was no ac­commodation or transport facil­ity available for them. “We are ready to work for the benefit of people but not at the cost of our security”, said a female council­lor from Handwara.

“The government mentioned in the letter that proper ac­commodation and transporta­tion would be provided to the elected councillors during the three days training session,” Iram Banday a councillor from Handwara said.

The president added that de­spite repeated requests to the Divisional Commissioner and additional commissioner of the state to look into the matter, there were no initiatives taken by them which “ultimately led us to hit the streets.” The coun­cillors threatened to resign from their jobs if they continue to re­ceive a shoddy treatment.

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