Updated: August 20, 2016 7:16:40 pm
Criticising the PDP-BJP coalition government for ordering deduction of salary of its employees not attending their duties in the troubled Kashmir Valley, Youth National Conference on Saturday asked Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti whether she will also deduct salary of her party MLAs who have been absent from their respective assembly constituencies for the last one and a half month.
Addressing party workers from Chenab Valley, Youth National Conference provincial president Ajaz Jan expressed surprise over recent state government directive for its employees, saying that the latter are being forced to attend duties when there is strict curfew in the Valley. “By asking them to attend duties, government is pressuring employees to risk their lives,” he added.
Even ruling PDP MLAs were not visible in their respective assembly constituencies in the Valley, he pointed out. “Will Chief Minister deduct their salaries too as their absence from respective assembly constituencies also amount to absenteeism from duty,” he added.
Violence has struck the valley for almost over a month now since protests broke out following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
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