Patwaries in the Union Territory are on a pen-down strike since last week. They are demanding that graduate patwaris shall be brought at par with a teacher in pay and grade. Secondly, each village is given a patwari so that work will be streamlined and the public will not suffer any more like they face problems as a patwari caters to many villages at a time and Kari Sarkar is not completed on time and a Zamindar does not get revenue papers on time resulting there is a gross violation of Public Services Guarantee Act but at the end of the day who is responsible for it.
Patwaries are demanding that new patwar halqas be created and new recruitment should be generated by creating new patwar halqas.This way, many unemployed qualified youths will get employment and it will give a new boost to the PSGA. The common people will not face problems and the work of the department will be streamlined and the negative impact will vanish from the minds of common people.
Pay grades will encourage these patwaries and they will work very hard and show keen interest towards their assignments which will result in the services and programmes of the government will show positive results and new patwar halqas will generate employment and work load will be brought down. As such, they will be made more accountable. No doubt it if implemented will take some time but authorities must consult the representatives of patwaries and assurance must be given in black and white so that the strike comes to end thereby common people will not suffer anymore.
The author is Incharge Record Room DC Office Anantnag.