JAMMU, Feb 3: Former Union Minister and MLA Jammu West Assembly Segment, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta outrightly rejected Government claims that the justice has been given to all three regions of the State in creating new administrative units and alleged that the Jammu region having almost equal population with Kashmir Valley and nearly double the area than Valley has not given a fair deal.
In a statement issued here today, he said “it is height of misleading the factual position that justice has been done to all regions of Jammu and Kashmir by creating new administrative units’’. Moreover no mention is there about having fresh delimitation of Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies which is the core issue badly affecting to the whole polity and various other spheres of life.
While commenting upon the statements of the ruling leaders of the NC and Congress who claimed that creation of 659 new administrative units was a historic decision, he questioned where are the funds? The fiscal position of the state is already in shambles and over 70 percent spending are dependent at the Centre while the liabilities are mounting, he added.
He said the Government is not in a position even to pay the wages of the poor workers for months together. For creation of these new units would require nearly two thousand crores for creation of infrastructure and also hundreds of crores would be more needed for salaries for new staff, he added and remarked that the ruling leaders scheme of things, sounds like a beggar hosting a dinner party in a five star and inviting trouble for many.
Prof. Gupta also made a poser that how the ends of justice would be met by creating Tehsil and Patwar Halqas, when the funds are allotted on basis of districts. In this regard, he pointed out that Jammu region is having almost equal population and nearly double the area to that of Kashmir valley but both the regions have been given 10 districts each. And more so, Jammu district is comprised of 11 Assembly segments with a population of about 20 lakhs and vast area where as in Kashmir district units have been created for two Assembly segments having very small areas.
Prof. Gupta also assailed the ruling leaders for keeping mum over the issue of delimitation of constituencies. Despite repeated promises even in their written manifestos although the depriving of political representation is the basic problem, he added.