NEW DELHI, Dec 29: Former MLA and president National Panthers Party (NPP) Balwant Singh Mankotia today called on Union External Affairs Minister of State, VK Singh and discussed various issues related to Jammu and Kashmir particularly separate Jammu State issue and continuous discrimination with the youth of Jammu in Government jobs.
He also criticized the behavior and disrespect shown with the mother and wife of Kulbushan Jadhav during their Pakistan visit.
While discussing the issue of separate Jammu State, Mankotia said it is unfortunate that after the formation of PDP-BJP Government in Jammu and Kashmir, educated youth of Jammu region are facing discrimination on large scale.
Citing the example of recently advertized posts of 2000 teachers in the State, the selection process of which have been started, Mankotia said it is strange that only 290 posts have been given to Jammu region, adding that 86 percent share has been given to Kashmir region while Jammu got only 14 percent.
“Continuous decline in Government jobs have forced the people and educated youth of Jammu region to raise the demand of separate Jammu State demand and this discrimination can be ended after the formation of the same,” Mankotia said.
He said there are many such examples which can prove the discriminatory attitude of the Coalition Government and to make an end to this biased approach, Central Government should constitute post of separate Chief Minister for Kashmir and separate CM for Jammu region and Governor should remain same like in Punjab and Haryana earlier.
He also criticized the behavior of the Pakistan authorities while dealing with the mother and wife of Kulbushan Jadhav during theirrecent visit.
He said the way Pakistan authorities has disrespected the mother and wife of Jadhav, it is disrespect for the Indian women and NPP will support the stand of Central Government in this issue.
Singh gave a patient hearing and said that Central Government has initiated the process on Jadhav’s case and issue of discrimination would be discussed with the State Government.