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JAMMU: Seeking intervention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha in resolving demands at the earliest, a large number of employees of Dharmarth Trust, who are on protest for the last 32 days, today continued their ongoing chain hunger strike demanding constitution of Board for all the temples under Dharmarth Trust on the pattern of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. A number of employees, including priests from various units of the trust such as Shri Raghunath Mandir, Hari Bhawan Purmandal, Uttarbehni, Birpur and Central Office Karan Bhawan participated in the protest.Those who sat on chain hunger strike on fifth day included Pt Hem Raj, Jagjit Chand, Pt Vimal Khajuria, Pt Bablu, Darshan Lal ( guard), Pt Jagdish, Pt Satpal, Rinku Sharma, Asha Devi and Sheela Sharma. Address to the gathering, Working President Rajinder Shastri warned that LG administration to intervene in the matter at the earliest otherwise employees association expedite the agitation and go on long agitation.The employees association further decided to launch the signature campaigning to garner the support of the public in ongoing agitation.Rajender Shastri also appealed to all the Sanatan religious people to attend the convention to be held at Geeta Bhawan on January 3, 2021 from 12:00 Noon onward and putforth their views for preserving the heritage and historical temples in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.Meanwhile, under Jan Jagran Abhiyan, a delegation of Dharmarth trust employees led by Working President Rajender Shastri met with Deputy Mayor, Advocate Purnima Sharma, Chief Secretary, B.V.R Subrahmanyam and handed over a memorandum to them highlighting their demands in detail. They discussed a range of important issues relating to the mismanagement of Dharmarth Trust.Deputy Mayor, Advocate Purnima Sharma assured the delegation that she will do her level best in solving the issue and will also try to get an appointment on their behalf from the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha so that they can bring light on the issue and get it solved.Sri Sri Maharaj Gangadhar Ji along with Mahant Rajesh Bittu also visited the protest venue and extended full support to the agitating employees for their cause.On the occasion association members handed over the memorandum and documents to them.Ex-President Kernail Chand Thakur, ex-General Secretary, Pritam Sharma, Surjeet Singh, Parshotam Sharma, Ram Paul Sharma, Jagjeet Chand, Anil Sharma, Balwant Shastari, Harbans Shastari, Madan Sharma, Kundan Lal, Subash Shastri, Rakesh Shastari, Rekha Devi, Bandana Devi, Vimal Khajuria, Bablu Kumar, Pt. Ashwani Kumar, Sat Paul Pandit, Rajesh Kulkarni, Sagar Singh, Bhikham Singh, Sahil Sharma, Ravinder Singh Jamwal (Akhnoor), Pt Babu Bishambar Lal, Pt Raj Kumar (Suchetgarh), Karun Goswami (Nagrota), Reeta Salathia, Raj Kumari, Leela Devi, sheetal, Rajani, Shobha, Nisha and Sonika were also present in the strike.
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