NYC hunger strike continues, 15 members hospitalised

IRFAN RASHID

Srinagar:

Fifteen members sitting on hunger strike in city’s Pratap Park were taken to SMHS hospital on Thursday afternoon when they began to faint.
They have been on hunger strike since Tuesday morning.
Those who were taken to hospital include Riyaz from Ramban, Danish from Budgam, Suhail from Pulwama and many others.
Those who visited them include Vice President JKPCC, GM Saroori; MY Tarigami, CPI(M); Peer Afaq, NC but none from the ruling government, they said.
 “They told us government should implement the cabinet order in anyways,” striking members said.
President NYC, Asif Ali Bhat castigated the government for not making a single visit to the hunger strikers. “It is total shame for the government that not even a single person from neither civil administration nor from political party came to us today.”
He alleged the ambulance driver demanded Rs 300 from them whenever they have to take anyone to hospital.
After continuous “failure of government” to implement cabinet decision, hundreds of National Youth Corps (NYC) including large section of women had gathered in Pratap Park on Tuesday to begin their 72 hours hunger strike which is now indefinite.
Central government had framed few special schemes for youth of J&K in 2010 summer unrest “to channelize their energy in nation building” and NYC was formed under Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
These were deployed in 2010 under scheme national youth Corps in state government departments but even after passing five years, their fate hangs in balance. Under this scheme, they were eligible to serve up to two years but later the government utilized them for other jobs on the same honorarium of Rs 2500 per month.
On 22 October 2014, Omar government had passed a cabinet order no 192/CIR/2014 and then secretary education vide order number 737-EDU/2014 to engage 6000 NYC as contingent workers in schools department against vacancies created in newly 800 upgraded schools.
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