Khidmat Centre owners protest against JK Bank

Khidmat Centre owners protest against JK Bank

IQBAL KIRMANI
SRINAGAR: A group of JK Bank Khidmat Centre owners Thursday held a protest here against the state government and the bank demanding that promise of transfer of governmental services to the Centres be fulfilled and rollout of new Centres be stopped.
Claiming that Under ‘National e-Governance Project’ launched in 2009 they were promised that different governmental services like electricity bill collection will be made available at all Khidmat Centres.
“But this turned up to be a mere promise,” president of JK Common Service Centre Association, Tanveer Haji told Kashmir Reader.
He also said that the GAP support as promised by the government too has not been disbursed in their favour. “We are running into a business loss and are not able to pay our rents and other dues,” the protestors said.
Haji said that they have already apprised Chief Minister Omar Abdullah about the issue but it seems that they are only buying time. “Recently we met Minister of Science and Technology and IT, Feroz Khan and apprised him about our issues. But we were shocked to hear when he claimed helplessness in this matter, as JK Bank is not giving them clearance. It seems that the government is run by the Bank not by the CM,” he said.
Accusing the government and JK Bank of playing with the careers of hundreds of qualified youth by making false promises, Tanveer said: “We have been cheated and deceived by way of advertisements to enter into this venture. But upto now Bank has totally failed to implement this project and promises made thereof have not been fulfilled yet.”
Protestors demanded that further roll out of new Centres should be stopped immediately. “Bank is violating al the norms as far as the rollout of new centers is concerned. We ask Civil Society and general public to come forward and support the implementation of NeGP in order to make Kashmir a corruption free state,” Tanveer said.