Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said that all necessary measures have been taken for the safety of minority social workers, including Kashmiri Pandits, serving in the valley, sending a “loud and clear” message to those opposed to the transfer – for sitting at home without pay.
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Sinha made the announcement during a protest march by Kashmiri Pandit migrant workers and Jammu-based reserved class workers who left the Valley for Jammu in May following the targeted killings of two colleagues, Rahul Bhat and Rajni Bhalla. The protesting workers are seeking relocation outside Kashmir.
“They are on strike. I have been in constant contact with them and have made sincere efforts to resolve their pending issues for many years. In consultation with the district commissioner, superintendent of police and other government officials, almost all of them have been transferred to the district headquarters,” he said. the lieutenant governor told reporters in Jammu.
However, he said, people posted in the rural development department could not be transferred to the cities, so some people were posted at the headquarters and some in villages near the city.
“Minority workers will not be singled out in any office and we have decided to add 2-3 more people with them. We have appointed one officer in each district, in Raj Bhavan, to handle their grievances. They are listening. We are looking for necessary steps to solve their problems.” he said.
Sinha said that all the meritorious employees have been promoted and their long pending demands have been fulfilled.
“In order to be promoted to public positions, a list of the names of general category officials up to 2014 was prepared and submitted to the Public Service Commission that they were appointed in 2015 while the list was in the process of being listed,” he said. said.
Sinha says the only problem they have is with their accommodation.
“Earlier there was a problem with the land, but this problem has been solved, tenders have been issued and the project will be completed in a protected area. By April, 1,200 flats and 1,800 family houses are planned to be put into operation by the next financial year,” he said. .
He said their safety is the administration’s top priority.
“We have decided their (the protesting workers’) salaries till August 31, but we cannot sit at home and pay them. This is a loud and clear message to them, they need to hear and understand it,” he said.
He said that the JK administration fully sympathizes with them and is ready to provide security and other assistance.
Referring to the disaffected category staff who are camped in Jammu and demanding their relocation, he said, “It should be remembered that they are also employees of the Kashmir division and cannot be transferred to Jammu.”
However, he said the chief secretary had set up a committee to look into their demands.
I assure them that if there is any possibility, we will formulate our policy accordingly.”