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JAMMU: Dharmarth Trust employees, who are on protest for the last 36 days and chain hunger strike for the last ninth days under the banner of Dharmarth Trust Employees Association (DTEA), on Tuesday solemnized Hawan and offered prayers wishing ‘good sense’ to the administration working under the leadership of Lt Governor Man0j Sinha.Hundreds of employees assembled in the premises of Ranbireshwar Temple and preformed Hawan in the Yagyashalla, praying to God to give some good sense to the government who are not showing its serious concern towards their ongoing agitation.The protesting employees were demanding merge of all temples falling under the Dharmarth Trust into the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. The Trust employees also staged protest at Sudh Mahadev, Mantalai, Purmandal and Utter Behni.To extend their support, Pritam Sharma, President Kranti Dal, who also observed hunger strike, criticized the management of J&K Dharmarth Trust saying that they are bent upon destroying the Dogra culture.Sharma demanded that the government should immediately constitute a Board for temples falling under the Dharmarth Trust. The Board will work for the betterment of the employees who were given a step motherly attitude to them.Sharma said that the thousands of kanals belonging to the Trust were encroached and sold illegally with the immense involvement of management. He reiterated that there is dire to constitute a Board for the welfare and betterment of all the temples and people associated with Trust.Sharma appealed to the Lt Governor to constitute a Board which will harness employment and development in the Jammu and Kashmir and will also be prove to boost the religious tourism in the Union Territory. He warned that if government will not concede their demand then they will have no other option to intensify their agitation.President Madam Vivek Bandral also urged Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha to resolve the issues at the earliest as the demand of the employees endorsed by civil society is genuine and praiseworthy as there is a large number of temples under the Dharmarth Trust are damaged or in dilapidated condition. She asked that all the employees of Trust to continue their agitation till their demands are met.Among those who participated in today’s chain hunger strike include Pritam Sharma, Sanjeev Khajuria, Kulbir Singh, Rashmi Sharma, Vashno Devi, Ram Pal, Rocky, Shiva Pangotra, Rajat Dadwal, and Pt Rajesh Kumar.
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