Srinagar June 07: Jammu Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Tuesday while welcoming the taking over of Centaur Lake View Hotel by the J&K government, urged Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to ensure the employees of the hotel do not lose their livelihood.
A group of these employees today met the JKAP leader and informed him about the looming threat to their employment after the J&K government has started the process to take over the possession of the Hotel from the Hotel Corporation of India.
Bukhari gave a patient hearing to the disheartened employees and assured them that he will raise the issue with the Lieutenant Governor to ensure they get justice.
He said, “We welcome the taking over of this prestigious property by the J&K government, however, no person who has served the Centaur Lake View Hotel as an employee for years should lose his or her livelihood, it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that these employees are not forced to leave their jobs.”
The employees informed the Apni Party leader that there are as many as 160 employees in the hotel and they all have served the hotel even at the time when there was political uncertainty at its peak in the Valley.
Pertinently, a recent government notification has asked the Hotel Corporation of India to leave the property, and the notification has also asked: “all persons who may be in occupation of the said premises” to vacate. The employees are considering this notification a threat to their jobs.