Madhya Pradesh Patwari Association President Upendra Singh Baghel said that agitating patwaris had called off their indefinite strike unconditionally in interest of farmers after a meeting with Revenue Minister Govind Singh Rajput. But they resumed strike after Minister Jitu Patwari said that he has not apologised to patwaris and he stands firm on his statement
INDEFINITE strike of Patwari Sangh which was earlier called off on Sunday morning which was resumed in the evening following Higher Education Minister’s statement on Twitter in which he reiterated his stand paving path for strike to enter its 5th day on Monday. The Patwari Sangh went on an indefinite strike on Thursday to protest against Cabinet Minister Jitu Patwari’s statement. His party leader and former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh also gave a similar statement while addressing a gathering on Wednesday.
Madhya Pradesh Patwari Association President Upendra Singh Baghel said that agitating patwaris had called off their indefinite strike unconditionally in interest of farmers after a meeting with Revenue Minister Govind Singh Rajput following assurance of increased pay scale within next six months. We have sent messages to all our members and confirmed that the strike will be continued till Higher Education Minister Jitu Patwari does not apologise publicly.
On Saturday, Patwari Sangh met Revenue Minister Govind Singh Rajput first and then again on Sunday morning. Patwaris were adamant seeking CM’s assurance in the matter. Rajput told them that the CM has authorised him on all matters and that the CM was busy and will meet them soon. After assurance from Revenue Minister Rajput, patwaris declared to call off the strike in the morning however after statement of Minister Jitu Patwari started doing rounds on news channels and social media by afternoon. Minister Patwari said that he has not apologised to patwaris and that he stands firm on his statement.
This statement irked the patwaris and they announced that all their efforts have gone in vain as insulting attitude of the Minister continues. On September 28, Cabinet Minister Jitu Patwari, while addressing a public gathering at Rangwasa village had said that ‘Cent per cent patwaris take bribe’. The statement had left Madhya Pradesh Patwari Sangh fuming and they had demanded an apology from him. At a time when state is reeling under heavy rainfall, patwaris are working round the clock to complete survey of damaged crops. They wade through waist-deep water everyday to complete surveys. Instead of appreciating them for their dedication, the Minister has called us corrupt,” he said. Patwaris across the State submitted their revenue records at tehsil office on Thursday and later went on indefinite strike.