Patwar strike enters fourth day, protest held in Ganderbal

Patwar strike enters fourth day, protest held in Ganderbal
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Ganderbal: Girdawars and patwaris of Ganderbal district held a sit in at Tehsil office Saturday on the fourth day of a strike called by All Jammu Kashmir Patwar Association.
The strike affected working in Revenue department with people complaining of inconvenience.
At Tehsil Headquarter the patwars and girdawars held a dharna from last three days pressing for their demands.
President Patwar Association Ganderbal Mehraj-Ud-Din Sofi expressed displeasure over the “apathetic attitude” of the government, which he said forced Patwar Association to go on strike.
Sofi said that despite repeated requests and reminders by the Association from time to time, nothing has been done by the authorities to mitigate suffering of employees.
He asked the government to fulfill the demands of Patwar Association at the earliest, so that public may not suffer any more.
The major demands of the Association include enhancing Grade Pay of Graduate Patwaris from Rs 2400 to Rs 2800, holding DPCs after regular intervals, creation of Patwar Halqas and GQ circles for smooth functioning of administrative units, banning direct recruitment of Naib Tehsildars, enhancing allowances of Patwaris and Girdawars, providing rent for Patwar-Khanas and private accommodations.
Shahbaz Ahmad Malik, a Patwari said that they have submitted a memorandum to the state government regarding their demands several time but the government only gave “fake assurances” to them from last many years.