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New administrative units create furore in Valley

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Feb 3: The creation of new administrative units in the State has brewed up anger among people in the Valley, with protests swelling up every passing day pitting one area against the other.
Amid celebrations in 274 villages that have been approved for new administrative units, those which have been left out are up in arms.
Protestors from scores of villages, especially from South Kashmir swarmed the summer capital to protest against the “discrimination and lopsidedness” of the Government’s Cabinet Sub-Committee in approving the new units.
Amid rainfall, Police had a tough day to day battling these angry protestors, who had come from Shopian, Pulwama and Budgam districts.
In Pulwama, CSC has left two villages at loggerheads by declaring Shahoora as tehsil. Shahoora comprises dozens of villages and so confusion has set in among people as village has been exactly grated with tehsil status.
“Wachi deserves tehsil. We want to apprise the Government to reconsider its decision and give tehsil status to Wachi, which has the largest population in the area instead of Chitragam,” said the protestors, adding, that otherwise NC will face defeat in their area in the coming elections.
The inhabitants of Soibugh Budgam were also demanding tehsil status. They said Narabal and Magam of the Budgam district were given tehsil status but the Soibugh has been “discriminated” by the Government. Narbal and Magam are hardly few kiolmerers away from each other and they alleged that the decision is politically motivated.
Residents of Loragam, a village in south Kashmir’s Tral area, and its adjoining areas expressed their anger over the snub from the Government after their village has been left out.
“I feel injustice has been done with Loragam as the village has a Niabat since decades. I will discuss the matter with Governor and will raise my voice against the omission in the upcoming Assembly session,” said Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, MLA, Tral.
Those areas which have been declared as teshsil or blocks celebrated by bursting fire crackers and greeting their local politicians with garlands.

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