STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Expressing resentment against the State Government for adopting an apathetic attitude towards Patwaris, the members of All J&K Patwar Association (AJKPA) on Monday sought immediate intervention of the Governor and the Prime Minister for resolving the long pending issues of the members. Speaking during a meeting held here, State President AJKPA, Mushtaq Ahmad Ganai highlighted various issues being faced by members. He said that the association members are performing their duties with full zeal across the State and were busy in various rescue operations to safeguard locals from heavy snowfall, preparing detailed lists of damages caused due to snowfall, updation of Jammabandis, physical verification of polling stations, updation of electoral rolls etc but the Government is least considerate to mitigate their sufferings. While welcoming launch of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi in J&K, the Patwar Association expressed concern over shortage of time for its successful implementation in the State. “Whenever a Central or State sponsored scheme is launched, Patwaris act as basic block for its successful implementation. But when the Association raises voice for its basic rights, no one at the helm of affairs bothers to listen. The concerned files, regarding demands of association including removal of grade pay anomaly, scrapping of direct recruitment of Naib-Tehsildars, creation of GQ circles and Patwar Halqas, conducting timely DPCs etc, are gathering dust in Civil Secretariat for last four years but nothing has been done by the authorities to redress our grievances,” Ganai alleged . “The Governor’s administration took several historic employee-friendly decisions for welfare of teachers, clerks, Secretariat-employees, Police and other employees working in various departments, but despite requesting authorities several times, none of our demands has been fulfilled till date,” Ganai added. Patwar Association expressed dismay over step-motherly attitude of the Government towards Patwaris and sought intervention of the Prime Minister, Governor, Advisors and the Chief Secretary for taking necessary measures to fulfill our demands failing which the AJKPA will be forced to take extreme steps.
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