Demand for restoring Jammu and Kashmir’s full statehood and the provisions of Articles 370 and 35-A of the constitution were among the seven resolutions passed by the National Conference on Tuesday in a meeting here chaired by party president Farooq Abdullah.
Its other demands included restoration of the ‘darbar move’ practice, special package for the tourism industry, employment for youth, implementation of the Mandal Commission recommendations in Jammu and Kashmir, a legal guarantee of minimum support price for crops and slashing prices of essential commodities.
The resolutions were adopted at a day-long convention of the NC’s central zone, comprising the Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts, held at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan.
The party alleged that Jammu and Kashmir have been ”downgraded and downsized by bifurcating it into two Union Territories disrupting the social fabric, integrity and composite culture of the erstwhile state.” ”The three regions of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir had different languages and cultures which were being shared and enjoyed by the people of all three areas equally and peacefully,” the NC said.
It stressed the resolution calling for the restoration of full statehood along with Articles 370 and 35-A was in the” lar” r interest” of “the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It was aimed at unity, integrity, peace, progress and communal harmony for the people, the party said.” It” also imperative to safeguard the jobs and land of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the people Jammu and Kashmir, which is only possible with the restoration of the pre-August 5, 2019 situation,” the “resolution stated.
Another resolution called for restoring the 149-year-old tradition of ‘darbar move, under which the government functioned from Srinagar and Jammu for six months each. The practice was ended by the administration under the Lt Governor last year.
”Around 8,000-9,000 employees working in civil secretariats, with headquarters in Jammu and Srinagar, used to shift from one headquarter to another. It was a unique practice that had strengthened the relations of the people in the two regions sharing their culture, secular fabric, and socialism. ”The move used to boost economic activities as well in both the capitals. Ending this practice not only will shatter communal harmony, brotherhood and strong relations between Dogra, Kashmiri and Ladakhi culture but has also brought commercial activities to a standstill,” the resolution read. The NC passed another resolution demanding a special package for the tourism industry. The party promised that, if voted to power, it would redress the grievances of the tourism industry and will explore more tourism places in Jammu as well as Kashmir regions.
The legal resolution guarantee of MSP said, ”As the farming community has been fighting for passage of legislation for MSP, the National Conference supports their just and genuine demand.” It also demanded compensation to the farmers for the damage to their crops due to hailstorms and torrential rains.
”The farmers are being harassed and tortured by snatching away their lands under cultivation, forcing them to adopt the path of agitation. We stand with these farmers and appeal to the government to defer this campaign till a popular government is established in Jammu and Kashmir,” the NC said.
Claiming the unemployment rate in Jammu and Kashmir was at an ”all-time high” of 22.2 per cent and the highest among all the Union Territories and the states, the party demanded adequate employment opportunities for the youth.
”The government must review its employment policy and must absorb all those at the verge of becoming over-age,” the resolution said.
Cop escapes unhurt in militant attack
A policeman escaped unhurt in a militant attack in the Batmaloo area of Srinagar on Friday, reports said.
Sources reported that militants fired upon a police constable at about 3:15 pm in the SD Colony area.
However, the policeman escaped unhurt. Soon after the attack, the officer said that the entire area was cordoned off and searches launched.
He said that a case has been registered and further investigations have been launched.
Two brothers drown while extracting sand in Jhelum
Two brothers drowned while extracting stand in Jhelum river in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, reports said.
They said that brothers – Nissar Ahmad Malla and Hilal Ahmad Malla – drowned early today morning in the river while extracting sand near Jetty at Khwaja Bagh.
The family of the duo has been called and efforts are on to retrieve their bodies, said an official.
The brothers hailed from Littarpira village of Bandipora district, he added.
J&K: Massive CASO launched in two villages
Joint Forces launched a massive Cordon And Search Operation(CASO) in two villages of the Kulgam district in south Kashmir.
An official said that the operation on Friday was launched jointly by forces including RR of Indian Army, Jammu Kashmir Police, and CRPF following inputs about the movement of militants in the Kakran Pombay and Katrasoo areas of Kulgam.
He said that the operation was launched following inputs about the presence of militants in these areas.
The search operations in both areas were going on when this report was being filed.
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