A day after participating in All Party Meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief, Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that she will not fight the elections until and unless Article 370 will be restored.
In an exclusive interview to a national television channel, Mehbooba made it clear that she will not contest in any elections till Article 370, scrapped by the central government on August 5, 2019, is restored.
However, she said that her party will contest the polls to ensure that the ground is provided to other parties, who cannot deliver as per the expectations of the people.
About yesterday’s meeting, she said that it was told by the chair that Statehood will be restored, but there was no clarification from the chair as to when the decision will be taken.
She said that there was a need to start with Confidence Building Measures (CBM) programmes in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that instead of going ahead with the elections, the government should have started CBM measures to take the people into the confidence.
“The people are quite disturbed and depressed. The siege in Jammu and Kashmir should be lifted,” she said.
She further said that the situation has not changed on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the continuous unfavourable situation on the ground has forced the government to talk with ‘Gupkar gang’.
Mehbooba said that the promises done by the government after Article 370 abrogation have not fulfilled as there was no end to the militancy related incidents in J&K as well as the number of youth picking up arms.
“Killing militants may be successful operation for the security forces, but it cannot be success for the government. There is a need to think why the young men are picking up guns. We have to reach out to the people so that number of youth taking guns will be reduced,” she said.
She said that the talks were held in good atmosphere and Prime Minister gave patient hearing to the leaders and claimed that “Delhi ki Duri Door Karni Hai”. “I hope PM Modi means it and the people in J&K could heave a sigh of relief,” she said.
She added that people were not expecting elections and delimitation exercise from a meeting, they were expecting something different as they wanted to ensure that the government should stop making frequent decision, which are giving apprehensions that the measures are being taken to make geographical changes in J&K.
Mehbooba also stated that she pitched for the release of political prisoners and anyone booked under stringent charges can at least be shifted to local jails.
She said that the government should hold dialogue with everyone including Pakistan. “It is dialogue that led to ceasefire due to which people are heaving sigh of relief. Talks should also be held Pakistan on other issues like resumption of trade and other things,” she said.
She also said that the government should consider demands of Pakistani wives of Kashmiris, saying that either they should get citizenship rights or should be deported back to Pakistan
56 SDRF Personnel Promoted to next ranks
In the recently held Departmental Promotion Committee (DOC) meet of HG/CD & SDRF J&K, 56 SDRF personnel have been promoted to next ranks.
A notice issued in this regard said that a Departmental Promotion Committee met on September 23, 2021 at Headquarters of HG/CD & SDRF, J&K, which resulted in promotion of 56 SDRF personnel to their next rank.
The notice added that among 56 personnel, one has been promoted to the rank of Sub-inspector, ten as ASIs, five as Head Constables and forty as Selection Grade Constables.
DGP-cum-Commandant General, HG/CD & SDRF, J&K has congratulated the promoted officials and encouraged them to perform with similar zeal and enthusiasm in future.
Gadkari reviews construction work of all-weather Z-Morh tunnel on Srinagar-Leh highway
Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday reviewed the construction work of the strategically important 6.5-km Z-Morh tunnel here on the Srinagar-Leh highway.
Speaking with reporters at the Z-Morh tunnel site, Gadkari said his ministry is also building 20 tunnels of a total length of 32 km in Jammu and Kashmir and 11 tunnels of a total length of 20 km in Ladakh.
The cost of building these 31 tunnels in Union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh will be around Rs 1.4 lakh crore, the road transport and highways minister said.
Gadkari claimed that in the past two years, the Modi government has been able to do the same amount of work related to road projects in Jammu and Kashmir that earlier took 50 years.
He said that after the completion of the Z-Morh tunnel, the local tourism economy will get a boost.
The Z-Morh tunnel between Gagangir and Sonmarg will provide connectivity in all weather conditions between Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir and Kargil in Ladakh.
Gadkari noted that tourism is the sector where 49 per cent of capital expenditure happens on the employment generation.
Asked whether the speed of construction work of the Z-Morh tunnel increased after Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh became Union territories, Gadkari said, “These issues are for you to evaluate (ye sab baaten apke adhyan aur chintan ke liye hai).”
The project cost of the Z-Morh tunnel is Rs 2,300 crore.
The 6.5-km-long Z-Morh tunnel project is under the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
For the Z-Morh tunnel, there is a five-km approach road and the tunnel is 6.5-km long and is bi-directional. It also has an escape tunnel for emergencies.
Over Rs 13.47 lakh sanctioned for 202 Wards of J&K Police Personnel by DGP
Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Tuesday sanctioned over Rs 13.47 lakh scholarship in favour of 202 wards of serving personnel of Jammu and Kashmir police, a police spokesman said this evening.
He said DGP has sanctioned over Rs 13.47 lakh in favour of 202 wards of serving police personnel who have secured 80 per cent and above marks in the Annual examination of Class 12th during the Academic Session 2020-21 out of Central Police Welfare Fund.
He said Rs 6000 each has been sanctioned in favour of 113 students who have secured more than 90 per cent marks while eighty-five students who have secured 80 per cent and above marks has been given Rs 6000 each.
During the current year till date over Rs 1.21 crore have been sanctioned in favour of 2120 wards of Police personnel who have achieved above 80 per cent marks in the annual examination of class 10th, 12th and graduation for the academic of session 2020-21.
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