April 2003 News

Tarigami for action against vested elements in administration

11 April 2003
News Network International

JAMMU: Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) Chairman Mohammed Yousf Tarigami has alleged that vested interests are present in the state administration who were creating hurdles in restoration of normalcy in the Jammu and Kashmir State. Addressing a press conference, along with various trade unionists at Jammu Press Club, he said 'I as an alliance partner of ruling coalition demand that such vested elements be discouraged who are creating hurdles in making the healing touch policy successful in the state.' He said the suppression and oppression faced by the Baglihar Hydel Project workers was also because of these vested interests who wanted to create an unrest among the working class to thwart the Government's pro-poor policies, daily Excelsior reported. Tarigami, who also represents the Kulgam Assembly Segment said, his Party will continue the struggle for the suppressed and oppressed people of the State. Justifying the struggle of the Chenab Hydro Power Projects Workers Union, Dul-Hasti and Baglihar for their rights, he said 'my organization being the flesh and blood of Trade Union movement can never be a silent spectator when the rights of working class are being crushed'. He said the CITU jumped into the Baglihar Hydel Project workers struggle during the NC regime to protest against the unlawful detention of the Project Union chief, Javed Ahmed Zargar. Justifying the demands of the Union, he said, Zargar and his colleagues were fighting for a right cause and 'I pledged them all help'. Tarigami, expressed satisfaction over the agreement reached between JP Industries and workers representatives. He expressed the hope that the Project management will fulfill the promises made with the working class. He also complimented the print as well as the electronic media for highlighting the cause of the Baglihar and Dul Hasti project workers. These project besides generating the power were constructed for revival of the economy of the Doda district and how can the desired objective be achieved when we neglect the working class and deprive it from its due. He said an agreement was reached with the management and the retrenched workers will be re-engaged. K K Bakshi, vice president, CITU, also expressed his satisfaction over the agreement reached between the management and workers union. He said the struggle launched by the working class in the project has proved that strong Trade Union movement can be instrumental in preserving the democratic rights and secular fabric of the State. Zargar and Union general secretary Raj Kumar have also complimented the constituents of United Forum of Trade Unions J&K who came forward to extend support to them. Zargar who was kept in police detention for 24 days said that Government has assured that all cases will be withdrawn against the Union leadership. The other trade union leaders including Messrs Sat Paul Sharma of HMS and Paras Ram Poonchi of NIFTU termed the agreement as a victory of working class movement.


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