Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao slogan blown into smithereens in J&K: Harsh

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Jammu: Seeking initiation of punitive action against the officers responsible for brutal lathi charge on Female Multi Purpose Health Workers (FMPHWs) in Kathua yesterday, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and former Minister said that the episode had given the most obnoxious blow to the often parroted slogan of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ being sold by BJP leaders across the nation with big splash. He said that it was unheard in any democratic set up that female employees were so assaulted, cane charged, humiliated and arrested for seeking the release of their hard earned pending salaries. Strongly condemning the BJP Ministers in whose function, the most shockingly abominable episode took place, Mr. Singh said that their conduct deserved mourning and not mere condemnation. He was addressing a press conference in Jammu today.Addressing media persons, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh said that it was ironical that FMPHWs were so humiliated, heckled, tortured, with some of them getting hospitalized, in a BJP partnered govt. which had been giving tall slogans of saving the girl child and restoring the dignity of women. And most obnoxious aspect of the whole episode was the maltreatment of such female employees during a function attended by the CM along with the top brass of BJP leadership, regretted Singh. Lamenting that the daughters of Jammu were suffering the most inhuman and contemptuous treatment at the hands of the incumbent govt., Mr. Singh said that other categories of female employees were also bearing the brunt of the govt.’s apathy and indifference. He said that Anganwari and ASHA workers were also forced to take to streets by the BJP-PDP govt. in view of its disregard for their genuine concerns. He said that a highly oppressive J&K govt. remained averse to their genuine demands for enhancement of their wages which also remained unpaid for months and years. He said that non release of pending wages to Anganwari and ASHA workers besides their other demands had also forced them to take to roads with none to take cognizance of their persistent dharnas and demonstrations. Similar was the plight of NHM employees posted as ANMs, Staff nurses, etc with no takers for their genuine grievances.
Pointing towards the pathetic plight of female contractual lecturers sitting on hunger strike for the last around 4 months seeking their regularization, Mr. Singh said that it was an eye opener for the country especially the champions of women rights as several female lecturers had to be repeatedly hospitalized. In their case also, a deaf and dumb govt. headed by a woman Chief Minister, failed to even acknowledge their struggle or to pay a visit to the protest site of such lecturers who were sitting 24x7 on relay fast in sun and rain at the cost of their life and health.Seeking immediate action against erring authorities , Mr. Singh said that the assault on FMPHWs was infact an attack on the pride and dignity of Jammu and would be vociferously countered