Protests Across State Over Govt Decision On Admn Units

Protests Across State Over Govt Decision On Admn Units

6 February 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Jammu: The National Conference-led coalition government seems to have opened a Pandora’s box with its decision to create new administrative units in Jammu and Kashmir as people from several parts of the state are expressing their resentment over the recommendations made by the Deputy Chief Minister headed Cabinet Sub-Committee (CSC). Protests have erupted across several parts of the state against the “biased” recommendations” made by CSC, even as both the Congress and the NC are desperately looking to cash in on the creation of new administrative units. Although the recommendations made by the Tara Chand-led panel for creation of 659 new administrative units have been forwarded to the Finance Department, to look into the financial implications of the decision, people in many areas of the state seem to be dissatisfied with report. “The CSC report is a glaring example of discrimination with the backward and hilly Assembly segment of Darhal,” alleged Congress leader Mohammad Iqbal Malik. Emphasising particularly on the Buddhal area of Dhral, Malik said: “Buddhal remained a tehsil from 1968 and 1972, but the status was quashed because of political considerations. And now the area has been again ignored.” He warned that if their demand was not met before February 10, the residents will march to the district headquarters at Rajouri. “We would start a march towards Rajouri if our demands are not met by February 10,” he told The Tribune. A massive protest also erupted in Jandrah area of Nagrota Assembly segment where people termed the CSC recommendations as “biased” and “discriminatory”. “We will intensify our struggle for getting the sub-divisional status for Jandrah,” said Sunil Sharma, social activist and a student leader from Jandrah. Parts of Poonch and Kathua are also witnessing a surge against the list of new administrative units. Keeping in view the brewing resentment among people, the BJP has jumped in the melee to reap political benefits. “Recommendations of the CSC are discriminatory and biased against the Jammu region,” said BJP state president Jugal Kishore Sharma. “Jammu had demanded five new districts, but their demands have not been taken into consideration. Discrimination with Jammu in creation of new administrative units would be our poll plank,” Sharma said.