After 37 Year Wait, Landowner Locks School Gate in Central Kashmir

Ganderbal- A Kangan resident locked the gates of a school built on the land he had donated for it some 37 years back with a promise of a job by the authorities. The closure of the school building in Razen Gund area of Kangan township in the district has forced students to attend classes in the open, reports said.

"When I arrived at the school I found gates locked and students waiting outside", Headmaster Government Middle School Razen, Nisar Ahmed Balkhi said.

   “We tried to persuade the landowner but he didn’t budge and claimed that the School Education Department failed to fulfill the promise made to him 37 years ago that he will be given a government job in the Education Department,” Balkhi said. We called Sarpanch (Village head) and Panchs but even they failed to persuade the land owner.

The Headmaster said they are imparting classes in the open now.

When contacted, the landowner Abdul Rahim Bhat son of Muhammad Abdullah Bhat said that he offered the land free of cost for the construction of the Middle School in 1985 with a promise that a permanent job in the Education Department will be given to him or any other member of his family.

“Earlier too, I locked the school for a few days, but then again I was assured of getting a job. I suffered a lot and now I am not going to listen to anyone,” Bhat said, adding that he has been temporarily working in the school for a meager salary of Rs 275 a month.

“Now I do not want a permanent job nor any compensation. I just want my land back,” he pleaded.

  The Sarpanch of the area said that the matter has been taken up with SDM and hopefully the issue will be resolved. (KNT)

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