In the view of rising discrimination against the UT of Jammu like 4G ban, unemployment, JKAS age relaxation, jobs, and toll plaza, yesterday JK Media talked to Panters Party General Secretary Gagan Pratap Singh.
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“Bohat Hogyi Bhed-Bhav Ki Maar, Ab Nahi Chahiye BJP Sarkar” Gagan said at the start of his interview. He said “discrimination started in N&K when the assembly seats were divided in which Kashmir got 46 and Jammu got 37. But the discrimination Jammu faced in the last 6 years is at its peak from the last 70 years”. Slamming the BJP government he said “during 2014 assembly elections PM Modi promised many things and keeping faith in him the people of Jammu elected BJP but after the elections, Jammu didn’t receive even a single benefit. From 2015-2018 during the reign of the PDP-BJP government 95% of job posts in the government sector were given to Kashmiri youth and only 4% was left for the youth in Jammu. So how can we not call it discrimination? We are not against the people of Kashmir but we demand that if Jammu elected BJP as the major party then why only Kashmir is getting benefits?
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I remember in 2016 Jammu based KAS aspirants appealed that there has been fraud in the selection procedure but no investigation took place and in the result, maximum Kashmiri aspirants got the job and only a few Jammu aspirants were selected”. “Now we regret our decision of electing BJP in Jammu because earlier even after the discrimination at least 30-40% of seats were reserved for Jammu”.
“After the abrogation of article 370, Jammu has been in the worst conditions. Instead of giving jobs, the BJP government removed the people of Jammu working on various posts. About 1500 Nurses and people associated with paramedics were dismissed from their job in Jammu while no person was dismissed from Kashmir. After that, the J&K administration released the list of candidates selected for J&K Bank but soon the list was dismissed because the list has more people from Jammu than Kashmir. Also during the selection of the fire services department out of 690 candidates, 670 Kashmiri candidates were selected while only 20 Jammu candidates were selected. I feel that now this discrimination should be stopped and for that Jammu should be separated from Kashmir and should be recognized as a State and not a UT”.
Talking about the Tourism Sector he said “Jammu can attract maximum tourists but due to lack of development people avoid coming here. Maximum hotels under J&K Government showcase the traditional dishes from Kashmir and no one talks about the dishes of Jammu. The BJP government is destroying the cultural identity of Jammu”.
Talking about the Toll plaza he said “people in Jammu are not politically awakened and BJP has taken us for granted. 6 toll plazas in Jammu and 1 toll plaza in Kashmir then how we can’t call it discrimination? According to the new Industrial policy out of 70 industries, 46 industries will be established in Kashmir while only 24 in Jammu.
The Panthers Party will not remain silent, we will fight back. The people of Jammu have given a final warning to BJP in DDC elections after this Kf BJP fails to make development then BJP will completely vanish from Jammu.