Jammu: A large number of shopkeepers and other small traders in Jagti Township today staged a protest demonstration against the Jammu Relief Organization (JRO) who has recently issued a list of shopkeepers who were running shops in erstwhile Camps. The protestors termed the list totally biased and unjustified towards the genuine shopkeepers of Jagti Township, Nagrota.
The protesters assembled in front of Press club, Jammu and raised slogans against Relief Commissioner (Migrants) Jammu for issuing a list wherein genuine shopkeepers have been allegedly ignored. Terming it a grave injustice, the protesting shopkeepers said that they were suffering and displaced shopkeepers of valley, who have waiting inclusion of their names in the list since under Prime Minister’s package.
“The said list published by the Relief Commissioner vide his order no. DIP/J-11097 dated 29/03/2016 is completely unjustified, faulty and discriminatory as the Relief authorities followed no criteria and did not adopt any proper and transparent mechanism while framing the list,” the protesting shopkeepers alleged.
One of the shopkeepers, Ravinder Razdan while speaking to the Kashmir Reader said, “The said list seems to have been framed on pick and choose basis as no weightage has been given to migrants whose CDR of Rs. 15,000/- is still lying with the Relief Organization since March 2011.”
He alleged that Relief Commissioner got the verification of around more than 300 shopkeepers done by the CID, which were found genuine. “But it is unjustified that their reports and verification was set aside due to which over aged and educated youths of the community are still suffering due to negative attitude of the Relief Organization towards the migrant shopkeepers,” he added .
They appealed the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to intervene in the matter and demanded that the list framed by the Relief authorities be cancelled and a transparent mechanism acceptable to all be adopted for allotment of shops.