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KISHTWAR: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), Vice President and MLA Inderwal, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori asked Governor Jammu and Kashmir Shri. N. N Vohra to release pending wages of thousands of daily wagers, casual laborers, job card holders under MGNREGA as well as salaries of the employees of various corporations and payments of contractors before Eid-ul- Azha, who he said have not been paid a single penny for a long time now. 

In a statement issued today, Mr. Saroori said: "Every month they are made to beg for the release of their own salaries, wages. They are subjected to mental torture as their whole family suffers due to the delay in release of their salary, wages,” he said and added that these people do a lot of hard work without any returns. He also said that in view of the festivals of “EID and DIWALI” this is a time that Government would realize the difficulties of these employees, Saroori urged upon the Governor to release the payment of contractors, teachers and wages of these laborers on the auspicious day of Eid-ul-Azha. 

In view of ensuing Eid-ul- Azha, Mr. Saroori called a meeting here at Thathri Dak Bungalow and at his residence Kishtwar and urged upon the administrations of twin districts Doda and Kishtwar to ensure that the people do not face any inconvenience on account of security, traffic management, drinking water, power supply, healthcare services and sanitation during the auspicious days. He said that all the concerned departments should work in close coordination and proper measures should be put in place to ensure availability of essentials including rations, Atta, sugar, Kerosene oil, LPG, meat, poultry etc on reasonable rates in all the areas including Chatroo, Mugalmaidan, Thakrie, Sarthal, Drabshalla, Kontwara, Saroor, Bunjwah, Thathri, Phagsoo, Kahara, Batyas, Jakyas, Kishtwar and other adjoining areas. He also called for intensifying the market checking to curb profiteering and black-marketing of essentials. 

The Power department was asked to replace all the damaged transformers before Eid and ensure uninterrupted power supply during these days. “There should be no disruption of electricity supply especially during Eid-Ul- Azha,” Saroori urged Chief Engineer PDD Jammu. The Municipality officers of Thathri and Kishtwar were asked to ensure proper sanitation especially in and around the shrines and mosques in Thathri and Kishtwar areas besides also directed the RTO Kishtwar and Doda to ensure that proper transportation facilities are provided to the devotees during these days. 

Mr. Saroori further urged Police Officials to ensure all security arrangements are in place before the festival in Chenab Valley to avoid repetition of “any type of violence” there on the occasions of “Eid-ul- Azha”. Saroori has urged the both the communities not to hurt the religious sentiments of each other and asking all the communities to come together and strengthen the cords of brotherhood, peace and harmony in the State besides urged administration to ensure peaceful celebration of the festival.