DDC members call off protests after L-G’s invite for talks

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Srinagar: In a bid to pacify the aggrieved District Development Council members, the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Wednesday invited the frenzied DDC members for talks on March 12 after which the Council members called off their protests.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the protesting DDC members, who hit the streets for second consecutive day in Jammu today, have been invited for a meeting with the LG scheduled on Friday.

The DDC members assembled outside Press Club Jammu today and held a protest on the second straight day to oppose the government order over their status and honorarium.

Irfan Panditpuri, DDC Chairperson from Kupwara told KNO that they have received an invitation for a meeting with LG Manoj Sinha in Jammu. “The meeting is scheduled on March 12,” he said.

What irked the DDC members was the government order that read: “DDC chairpersons would get monthly honorarium of Rs 35,000 including Rs 1,500 travel allowance and Rs 500 telephone charges. Vice chairpersons will get Rs 25,000 including Rs 1,500 travel allowance and Rs 500 telephone charges and members will get Rs 15,000 including Rs 1,500 travel allowance and Rs 500 telephone charges.”

BJP leader Bharat Bhusan, who was leading the protests in Jammu told reporters at exhibition ground in Jammu, that, “We have received a message from the Lt Governor, who is presently out of the station, and is coming back on March 12 for a meeting to address our genuine demands. For now, we have called off our protests.”—(KNO)

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