Jammu, April 13: Asking Delhi to give up its colonial approach towards Jammu and Kashmir, AIP President Er Rasheed has alleged that Delhi under a well-crafted plan has ignored Muslim dominated areas in Jammu province and deprived them of basic immunities.
While addressing election rallies at Neel, Banihal, Khaddi, Chareel and many other places in Chinab valley Saturday Rasheed said that the national high way ban has made the life of people of the entire state and particularly those of Banihal and Ramban areas worse than hell.
Rasheed said “Not only that security agencies have imposed restrictions on travel ban, but the widening of so called national highway also has become a gold mine and money making a machine for the construction company and other blue-eyed Babu’s. The resources of Chinab valley have been put to sale to non-state subjects and the inhabitants of the entire Chinab valley have been reduced to second class citizens.”
Rasheed accused Congress, BJP, NC and PDP of playing communal politics just to get votes.
He said “While NC and PDP are in head-on collision with each other in the valley but in Jammu their politics and designs are mysterious. Let them not forget that it was Dr Karan Singh, father of Congress nominee, who claimed with pride a few days ago that Congress has the distinction of breaking Pakistan into two pieces.”
“While NC, PDP and Congress try to gain the sympathy of Muslim and Dalit voters by trying to portray themselves as secular but the language being used by Karan Singh and other leaders tries to attract Hindu voters by sending signals that Congress is more ultra-nationalist and more fundamentalist than BJP,” he said.
Rasheed while lashing out at BJP accused BJP leadership of trying to Saffronise he Jammu region by implementing an agenda of exploitation and raising religious sentiments of the other community.
Rasheed said it is shameful that neither Congress nor BJP gave a mandate to a single Muslim candidate from either of the two seats in Jammu province. Congress and NC have acted like collaborators to create a fear psychosis in the Muslim community and have handed over the entire Jammu province to BJP and Congress by making a complete surrender”.
Rasheed reiterated that AIP does not believe in communalizing politics and appealed masses to vote for AIP candidate Shabir Mughal who is a renowned social and political activist with high integrity. Others who addressed the gatherings included AIP district president Arif Waheed, Mushtaq Suhail, Molvi Qayoom and Shabi Mughal.
Rasheed while demanding a judicial probe into the killing of 13-year-old Owais Ahmad Mir has reiterated that whatsoever happened in Mandigam was part of a conspiracy and the entire series of stone pelting in that area was engineered by people conference workers just to ensure poll boycott in the area.
Rasheed while condemning use of brutal force at Mandigam on polling day said that few agencies and a section of state administration had already planned to create disturbance by taking support of PC cadres to ensure that people don’t caste their vote but these cowards should know that playing with the innocent lives and martyring teenager Owais Ahmad only for ensuring victory of proxies of RSS will not help and sooner or later every Kashmiri will unmask the true face of these proxies, who have sold out their conscience and can do any damn thing for their political gains.
Advisor Sharma for fast pacing clearances required for PDD schemes
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: Advisor to Governor KK Sharma today directed for early clearances including Right of Works (RoW) so that the pace of implementation of various schemes meant for augmentation of electric infra in the state are paced up.
The Advisor was speaking at a meeting convened to discuss the issues/bottlenecks related to non completion of some part works of various flagship schemes in the PDD sector.
Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, Financial Commissioner Finance Arun Kumar Mehta, Commissioner Secretary PDD, PCCF Forest, Chief Engineer PDD and other senior officers were present.
Divisional Commissioner Mr Baseer Khan, DCs of Ganderbal, Bandipora and other senior officers of District Baramulla and Budgam also participated through video conferencing.
The Advisor directed the Divisional Commissioner to ensure that the bottlenecks in the execution of these works should be removed as early as possible so that the balance work on these can be completed and the schemes are closed. He said that a mechanism should also be worked out to ensure that the issues related to RoWs and land acquisitions are addressed.
The Advisor said that the completion of left over works of some schemes is essential for realizing the commitment of providing adequate and round the clock supply of uninterrupted power. He said that the officers of the PDD should also remain in close coordination with those of district and divisional administration so that the issues are sorted out in regular review meetings.
The meeting discussed the bottlenecks to be cleared for execution of balance works of Zainakot-Alesteng Transmission Line and Grid Station Alesteng and that of Badampora-Bandipora Transmission Line and Grid Station Bandipora so that they can be completed within the targeted dates in the month of October. Necessary directions were passed to the concerned Deputy Commissioners and PCCF to ensure that the bottlenecks related to payment for compensation and land issues are settled at an earliest.
Earlier, Chairman State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) Lokesh Jha called on the Advisor and discussed several issues related to the functioning of the Commission.
The Advisor also discussed various power related issues with the Chairman SERC.
Govt enhances stipend of House Surgeons of GMCs, GDCs
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: Government today accorded sanction to the enhancement of stipend from Rs 19500 to Rs 35000 per month in favour of House Surgeons currently working in Government Medical College Jammu, Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Rajouri, Doda, Kathua and GDC Jammu/Srinagar.
Restrictions reimposed in Kashmir to foil Muharram processions
Curfew-like restrictions were reimposed on Tuesday in several parts of Kashmir, including the city, to foil any plans on taking out Muharram processions in the Valley as authorities apprehended that large congregations might lead to violence.
Commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas were completely sealed off by placing concertina wires at all entry points where large number of security force personnel were deployed, officials said.
Restrictions have been in several parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure for maintaining law and order in the Valley, they said.
The officials did not cite any reasons for reimposing restrictions but it is believed that the step was taken to prevent Muharram processions in the city and elsewhere in the Valley. The processions stand banned in Kashmir since 1990 when armed insurgency began.
Muharram is considered as one of the sacred months of the Islamic lunar calendar. The battle of Karbala, in which Hazrat Imam Hussain – the grandson of the Prophet – had attained martyrdom – is said to have been taken place in the 7th century.
Restrictions were first imposed across Kashmir on August 5 when the Centre announced its decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and bifurcate the state into union territories. The restrictions were lifted in phases from many parts of the Valley as the situation improved with passage of time.
The authorities have been imposing restrictions in vulnerable areas of the Valley every Friday, apprehending that vested interests might exploit the large gatherings at big mosques and shrines to fuel protests.
Meanwhile, normal life remained severely affected in Kashmir due to shutdown in the Valley which entered 37th day on Tuesday.
Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads across the Valley, the officials said.