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Har Ghar Tricolor: Kashmir government employees say they are being forced to give flags to all households for money MPNRC News

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New Delhi: Employees of the Kashmir government have reportedly been asked to ask for ‘any amount’ of money from the general public so that they can hoist the national flag on their homes ahead of Independence Day. A verbal order, mainly for municipal officials, asked them to take Rs 20 from each household.

An employee of the Anantnag Municipal Committee said, “Strict action will be taken against those employees who fail to distribute the national flag to all the houses in their designated ward”.

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“I look after two wards in Anantnag city and each has around 150 houses. I have been given 300 flags to sell these houses. If I fail to do that, there is a high possibility that they will deduct Rs 6000 from my salary,” said a senior municipal official.

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He further said that a meeting of senior officers was held recently. “One of our senior officers even stood up in the meeting opposing this flag distribution plan. He told top officials that there are many households whose sons have been killed in police or army firing. They might get angry and not take these flags from us. A senior officer told him, “Naukari karni hai to karo, varana ghar betho (Either work or sit at home).”

The national flag is hoisted on most South Kashmir roads and bridges, especially in Anantnag district. The main Khanabal-Pahalgam road, which is also the predetermined route for the Amarnath Yatra, has a set of double flags attached to each electric pole at regular intervals of 10 to 12 feet. This has been done up to tens of kilometers.

Earlier, amid criticism of the implementation of the tricolor in Kashmir, Anantnag municipal committee workers were seen hoisting the tricolor across the city at night.

“This has been done to avoid inconvenience as the roads are crowded throughout the day. There is full security at night, CRPF patrolling parties are on the road, so we did it at night,” said an employee who overlooked the installation of the flag. India ahead.

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The employee first cited that this was also done to protect the identity of the workers who attached the flags. “At night, nobody really sees you. It’s all local workers. They’re scared,” he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir government is making vigorous preparations in the districts for the upcoming Independence Day. The government is also considering putting up the tricolor in every house in Jammu and Kashmir as part of the Independence Day celebrations.

Earlier, a seven-member committee headed by Finance Commissioner (Additional Chief Secretary) of Home Department was constituted to monitor this flag installation campaign. The event coincides with the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav where India celebrates 75 years of independence.

Meanwhile, locals fear reprisals from terrorist groups if they put up such flags. “It seems like a double-edged sword. If we reject it, we may become victims of the state and if we do, we will become victims of militants,” said Irfan Ahmed, a local from Tral, a former stronghold of Hizbul Mujahideen.

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The flag installation scheme will be celebrated across the country and nearly 26 crore families are expected to hoist the national flag on their houses. The district administration in J&K has assigned duties to various officers in various departments to facilitate the initiative. Special nodal officers have been appointed for this purpose.

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