‘Was promised jobs in return’
Tral: A government middle school in Karmulla village of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district was locked by its land donor, who accused the authorities of not fulfilling its promise of employment in lieu of land.
Manzoor Ahmad Lone, resident of Karmulla Tral, told Kashmir Reader that his father had donated the land (two kanals) to the school in 2005 after the authorities promised jobs to family members, but lamented that the authorities have not kept the promise.
The hundred students of the school are now studying in an open field after their Lone locked the school, locals said.
“It is not the first time that the school has been locked but it is third time I have indulged in the act,” he said, adding that when he locked the school few years back for the first time, he was booked by police who then advised him to take the legal recourse.
“I went to court which gave the verdict in my favour,” he added.
He said that the court, last year, directed the department to either provide regular employment or compensation but the authorities were “dilly dallying on the pretext that the file had not reached to that office and that very official was not there.”
He said he had met the Chief Education Officer Pulwama several times but alleged that the officer behaved rudely and did not pay heed to his grievance.
“I do not have a grudge with the teachers or the students but circumstances have led me to take this extreme step as nobody was listening to me despite the court verdict,” he said.
Zonal Education Officer, Tral Ghulam Mohammad Kumar told Kashmir Reader that they have made arrangements
for the students till the matter is solved.
“We have talked to the local auqaf committee of the village who have provided a religious seminary for temporary arrangement,” Kumar said.
Chief Education Officer Pulwama, Mushtaq Ahmad Saloora told Kashmir Reader that two members of the family were engaged as cooks and the person was “unduly making fuss out of nothing”.
Lone, however, said that the department was paying a meagre amount to them for cooking food (Rs 1000).
“This is not employment. They should either compensate for the land, or provide proper employment. That is what the court has also ordered,” Lone said.