Saturday, April 21, 2012

Relief holders continue dharna

The dharna launched by all Kashmiri migrant relief holders at Jagti township for enhancement of cash relief entered 27th day today.

The protestors are demanding enhancement of relief to Rs 120 per soul per day. Addressing the protestors the representatives of relief holders said that they were expecting the decision in this regard will be announced in the Apex Committee meeting itself but still it is hanging in balance despite the fact that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah himself understands that the relief given to migrants at present is inadequate. 

The relief holders however criticized those Apex Committee members who boycotted the meeting. They demanded that these members be disbanded from Apex Committee. 

The organizers have decided to continue the dharna till the ongoing agitation reaches logical conclusion. They said the Kashmiri migrants will have no objection if the economic status of each family is ascertained.

Meanwhile the hunger strike launched by relief holders also continued in front of Relief Commissioner’s Office today and protestors warned to continue the strike till the demand is met. They said the relief holders will not be satisfied by mere assurances and the Government should take concrete steps regarding enhancement of cash assistance as the people totally dependent on cash doles from Government are hard pressed in these tough times when prices of essential commodities have touched sky.

Addressing the protestors Sheela Handoo ex corporator assured them all help from her organization. She urged the Government not to test the patience of relief holders and take a decision regarding hike in the cash assistance at an earliest

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