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Jammu and Kashmir sees chain of protests

india Updated: Mar 01, 2013 03:21 IST
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Hitting out at the state government for its failure to address problems of various section of people in Jammu and Kashmir, a chain of protests was witnessed across the city on the opening day of the budget session of the state on Thursday.

While the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) led by state general secretary Anita Thakur raised its voice for the immediate redressal of the problems faced by Jammu migrants, National Youth Corps (NYC) protested outside Press Club in Jammu against the "criminal attitude" adopted by the state towards their regularisation under Prime Minister Package.

All J&K SRTC Volunteer Retirement Employees Association on the other hand demanded immediate release of their remaining dues on account of their VRS and 6th pay commission implementation, while Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Front (JKDF) asked for increase in the old age pension.

Leading a group of Jammu migrants towards the Civil Secretariat, the JKNPP raised slogans against the NC-led government and questioned government for failure to implement the Supreme Court orders, in which it had directed the government to treat Jammu migrants at part with Kashmiri migrants in terms of relief and other facilities.

"Why state government is not implementing the orders of the Supreme Court? If Kashmiri migrants are getting all the benefits why are these migrants being bereaved of all such entitlements?" Thakur asked.

She appealed to the members of the Assembly to come out and support the genuine demands of these migrants who have been hit by militancy and were fighting for their rights since last so many years.

"There is a Court order, why doesn't the government implement it? They were forced to even sell their children but no one bothered to come forward and ask them why they were doing so," Thakur alleged.

The protesters were stopped by the police and were not allowed to move beyond the Parade area of the city.

Meanwhile, NYC workers held protest demonstration against both the Centre and state governments and demanded to let them continue in their respective posts in various departments.

"We were appointed during the 2010 unrest in the valley under special Prime Minister package, we are continuing in different departments but till now we have not been given formal orders of continuation. Government has totally failed to redress our issues. Our demands have fallen on deaf ears," NYC state joint secretary Sayed Bakar Ali Jafri said.

The JKDF on the other hand raised the issue old age pension and aid to physically challenged. Raising slogans against the social welfare department and the state government they demanded increase in pension amounts.

The All J&K Voluntary Retired Employees Association, alleged that though the government had promised, yet it has totally failed in clearing their dues.

The Association also demanded implementation the 6th Pay Commission with effect from January 2006, gratuity, leave salary and ex-gratia grant among other things.