‘Jammu Declaration’ seeks statehood for Jammu

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/23/2020 12:24:09 PM

JAMMU, Oct 21: Several political political organisations and social groups got together in a joint session in Jammu yesterday to pass a ‘Jammu Declaration’ seeking statehood for Jammu region in view of what they called “persistent neglect and deprivation faced by the people of the region in multifarious fields including general development, funds allocation, tourism promotion, employment etc for the past several decades”.
The resolution was passed on grounds that “Jammu region continued to be neglected even post re-organization of J&K State and abrogation of Art 370”. The groups felt that statehood was the only available option for the people of Jammu region.
The meeting was convened by Chairman JKNPP, Harsh Dev Singh and former Minister. It was attended by representations of various political and social organizations including Former Session Judge, Pavitar Singh and president, Amar Kashatriya (Rajput) Sabha, Gulchain Singh Charak, president, Dogra Sadar Sabha, Yash Paul Kundal, general secretary, NPP and Ex-Minister, Manish Sahni, president, Shiv Sena (Bal Thakray), Krishan Manhas, Chairman, Hindu Shiv Sena, Rajiv Mahajan, president, Shri Ram Sena, Col. (retd) S.S Pathania, Chairman, Sainik Samaj Party, Ankur Sharma, Chairman, IKKJUTT Jammu, M.S Katoch, working president JPPF, K.S Salathia, convenor UDA, Tarlok Motton, president, All India Batwal Biradari Welfare Association, Sudhir Singh, retired IGP, Prof. Jai Kumar, retired Director Colleges, Rakesh Singh, advocate, Parshotam Parihar, secretary Dogra Kranti Dal and Raj Pratap Singh convenor, ‘Jammu ki Yuva Soch’ besides others.
Speaking on the occasion, Harsh Dev said that even after abrogation of Article 370, Jammu continues to suffer and bleed. “The much touted slogans of Jammu’s empowerment and equitable share in State’s resources besides assured benefits of several other Central laws and schemes have proved a hoax. While Ladakh and Kashmir continue to receive the focussd attention of the Centre, what actually falls in the lap of a marginalized Jammu region is mere peanuts,” he averred.
He added that there was no justification whatsoever in clubbing Jammu with Kashmir and classifying it as a Union Territory. “The 4G Internet connectivity was snapped in Jammu region only because of problems in Kashmir. Statehood was snatched from us only because of issues with Kashmir. The democratic rights have been denied to us only because of adverse security situation in Kashmir and so on and so forth,” the Panthers leader said.

 

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