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Will keep up struggle for restoration of people’s rights: Omar

Omar Abdullah

National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah has stated that NC will keep up the struggle for the restoration of people’s rights, which were “unilaterally, unconstitutionally and undemocratically” abridged on 5th of August, 2019. He said this while addressing a one day workers convention at block Gool of district Ramban.

Earlier the party vice president, who was accompanied by general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar and Political Advisor Tanvir Sadiq on an eight day long visit to the region received a rousing welcome at the venue. Among others, party provincial president, Jammu Ratan Lal Gupta, senior leaders Sajad Ahmed Shaheen and YNC provincial president Ahmed Jan were also present on the occasion.

Omar said that he was baffled to see the Government’s policy on Jammu and Kashmir. “We have no idea as to which direction Jammu and Kashmir is being dragged towards. We are clueless about what the present rulling dispensation in New Delhi wants to achieve for us.

The only thing we keep hearing is that there was no development before 2019. Let us believe this postulation for a second, then where from did the infrastructure, which is present on ground in J&K came from? Where did the colleges, highways, roads, hospital come from? Does this mean that all the infrastructure, health and educational facilities came up out of nowhere in a jiffy? Such claims are implausible, since Jammu and Kashmir fared well on all HDI indicators and even out stripped various developed States before August 9,2019.

This is shoddy propaganda peddled by GoI on the so called mishandling of J&K by few families. Now that the GoI is directly holding the reins of power in its hands and Articles 370, 35 -A aren’t in their way, what is impeding them from giving practical expression to their projected claims on development and investment? Where is the much touted development? Where is the promised job extravaganza for our youth?”, he asked. He stated that the NC Government had brought in the Jammu and Kashmir’s Roshni Act to provide land to land-less poor but the present regime is using the pro people law for communal rhetoric about ‘land jihad’.

“Fate of thousands of people who had invested their hard earned money to buy land under this schene is in lurch. If there are was any discrepancy, it should have been brought forth,” he added. Omar said that NC gave voice to voiceless but the decisions of August, 5 2019 took away that voice. “Today the press in Jammu and Kashmir is not allowed to show the real picture. Not because press doesn’t want to write it. It is because of the threatening and intimidating journalists and not allowing them to operate freely.

One only gets to see shoddy Government propaganda and PRs of the Government in Press. Those who fail to comply are being subjected to discrimination in terms of Government advertisements,” he added. Today the situation has nosedived to such a low that we have to protest for handing dead bodies to their kin. “The situation is such that young Amir, who was killed in Srinagar had to be buried at Handwara.

His father, who is still guarded by police for his prominent role in curbing militancy in his remote hamlet is knocking on different doors to get his son’s dead body. This is what the situation is! We have to take to roads not for justice but for handing over of dead bodies back to their kin,”he added.

He said leaders who were elected from erstwhile Doda, failed to ensure equitable development in this regon. “Far from keeping up the good work done by NC led Government untill 2015, these people deliberately chose to shut their eyes to the development demands of erstwhile Doda. These forces are working with a single mission of dividing voice and keeping out of the development radar,” he added. Omar said the abrogation was premised to end discrimination and bring Jammu and Kashmir at par with other States.

“One country, one law was the catch word. But today we have two laws for the erstwhile regions of J&K, which acceded with the Union together in 1947. In Ladakh, the Government has retained the state subject and exclusive rights of locals on land and jobs.

Why is the same arrangement being denied to the people of Jammu and Kashmir? Let alone removing disparity at national level, the incumbent regime at center is using two yard sticks in a single state,” he said adding that while the exclusive rights of Ladakhis are being protected and those living in Jammu and Kashmir being liquidated.

Later, Omar visited the slain youth Amir Magray’s bereaved family in the Famrote hamlet of district Ramban to express his condolences and sympathies with them in their hour of grief.

Omar travelled to meet the bereaved family by walking over 5 kms. Sharing in the grief of the bereaved family, he reiterated the party’s demand for impartial inquiry into the killings and handing over of slain youth’s death body to his kin.


Jammu Police Foils Bovine Smuggling Bid, 2 Arrested

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Nagrota police recovered six cattle from a stubble-laden truck going from Jammu to Kashmir. The accused had made a wooden box inside the vehicle. Although cattle were kept hidden inside this box, the top and front of the box were loaded with straw so that the police personnel posted at the checkpoints did not even know that cattle were being smuggled in the truck.

The vehicle driver, Obad-ul-Rehman resident of Belicharana and his companion Murad Ali resident of Belicharana, Satwari, were arrested. A case was registered against both of them at Nagrota police station for violating the order of the district commissioner and cruelty to cattle. The police are not even denying that the accused must have stolen these cattle from somewhere. The interrogation of both is on.

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On the midnight of Wednesday, Thursday, on strong information about cattle smuggling, police personnel blocked the Ban toll plaza on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. During this, vehicle number JK02AW-5753, carrying straw from Jammu to Kashmir, was stopped by the police personnel for investigation. However, when the people in the vehicle were asked about their destination, they could not answer satisfactorily.

Due to suspicion of the words of both the occupants of the vehicle, the police personnel searched the vehicle. When the stubble was removed, the police personnel found a wooden box inside the vehicle. When I looked inside the box, there were cattle there. After the cattle were recovered from the vehicle, the people tried to run away, but the police personnel did not let them escape. The vehicle was seized on the spot. Both the passengers in it were taken into custody.

Amish Mahajan

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Devender Rana calls on LG, raises issues of public importance

Former Legislator and BJP leader, Devender Singh Rana on Thursday called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhavan Jammu and raised various issues of public importance.

As per an official handout, Rana had a detailed interaction with the Lt Governor, wherein he projected several demands and issues pertaining to the release of pending payments under MGNREGA; age relaxation issue of the aspirants of Combined Competitive Exams; regularization of daily wagers; expediting pending Class-IV recruitment, besides joining issue of compilers and concerns of BSF/CISF aspirants and vocational trainers.

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The Lt Governor observed that the UT government is formulating development plans and policies reflective of the needs and aspirations of the people of J&K and assured him of due consideration of the genuine issues projected during the interaction, the handout read.

It further added that the Lt Governor urged Rana to continue his endeavours for promoting public welfare on all fronts.

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BJP govt–Delimitation Commission undermining democratic legitimacy: Harsh Dev

During its meeting with associate members, the Delimitation Commission had invited objections from the latter concerning delimiting the 90 seats in December last. Still, the Delimitation is nowhere in sight and nor has any draft circulated even amongst the members. And neither has any report been shared with media nor put in the public domain.

Therefore, no one knows precisely which seats are proposed for reservation and which are to be deserved giving rise to speculations and rumours being spread in the public and social media. This has also led to public unrest in several areas due to fake, unauthenticated reports being circulated by lumpen elements”, stated Mr Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP and former Minister.

Mr Singh said that it was amusing to note that after several months since its constitution, the Delimitation Commission had nothing to share with the Associate members except a verbal statement that nine seats were to be reserved for STs, 7 for SCs. Out of 7 additional seats, six seats were proposed for the Jammu region and 1 for Kashmir. Neither the names of reserved seats were shared, nor were the members apprised of the names of 7 new Assembly seats.

The members were asked to give their objections/comments concerning the above proposal without elucidating them. However, the Delimitation Commission remained silent over the names of the proposed 90 constituencies or the territorial jurisdiction of the said seats, thereby making a mockery of the members so invited to the meeting.

Referring to the Delimitation Commission’s statements over the number of reserved seats for STs and SCs, Mr Singh said nothing new in it. The J&K Reorganization Act passed in August 2019 had envisaged 90 Assembly seats for J&K UT, and because of the existing 10% reservation of STs and 8% for SCs, it was a matter of common sense that nine seats would go to SCs and 7 to SCs. So what has the Delimitation Commission practically done to delimit the 90 seats assigned to it, was the pertinent question which, unfortunately, none of the Associate members raised in the meeting.

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He said that the meeting was merely an eyewash and proved that the commission had transacted no business since its constitution. The delimitation process was delayed at the behest of a nonchalant BJP.

Accusing the BJP of willfully delaying Delimitation and eventually the elections in J&K, Mr Singh observed that liberal Democracy was fast being supplanted by pseudo-democracy after downgrading the state into UT.

With the BJP govt hell-bent on continuing its proxy rule in J&K, the Delimitation Commission seemed to be giving it tacit and overt official support. And this fact had been corroborated during a recent episode wherein the PM’s Secretary had called a meeting of Election Officers including the CEC, two days before the meeting of the Delimitation Commission with Associate members.

Holding the BJP govt guilty of undermining the democratic legitimacy, Mr Singh said that its undue interference and control of autonomous bodies had given the deadliest blow to the values enshrined in our great constitution. Such episodes sadly bear the stink of the demise of independent institutions, and lying forlornly on the wayside was the tenet that law is equal for all in Democracy. Calling upon the Delimitation Commission to finalize its report without any political pressures, Mr Singh appealed to ensure that Democracy moved unhindered.

If the Delimitation of 4121 Assembly constituencies and 538 Parliamentary constituencies of the entire country could be completed in less than four years by justice Kuldip Singh commission of 2002, it defied logic that Delimitation of 90 Assembly seats of J&K had hardly registered any progress during the last 21 months, said Harsh.

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