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People of Jammu still facing discrimination: Prof Virender

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 7: BJP State spokesperson Prof. Virender Gupta expressed his great concern over the people of Jammu region who are still suffering discrimination in the matter of their political empowerment, representation in the State services including Civil Secretariat, appointments against various positions like assistant professors in the State colleges, medical consultants, lecturers in State Medical Colleges, in Police Department and in other departments of the State Government.
He said that the present Government has come to power with an aim to remove alienation between the people of Jammu region and Kashmir valley, while ensuring equitable development and judicious representation in the State administration and in other State departments. He said that even though the performance of the present PDP-BJP led Government is for better than the previous Governments in the State. The Government has launched various schemes/ projects of development and for the welfare of the common masses and in particular the down trodden people of the State.
However, Prof. Gupta said that there is a need to take more steps, particularly in the matter of decentralization of political, administration and financial powers. He expressed the need for the creation of Regional Autonomous Councils for all the three regions of the State, empowering the councils with legislative, administrative and financial powers. Each Council should have its own Assembly/ Council should be empowered to make legislation for the concerned region, with each Council having separate funds allocation from the Centre and power to generate its own financial resources and power of appointments against gazetted and non-gazetted positions in its own region. The State Government should have the jurisdiction on some subjects of common interests, mutually decided by the regions and added that the employees of the State government should be drawn from all the three regions on the basis of deputation.
He also said that to make State Government more responsive and effective to the issues concerning the people of the state it is essential that Civil Secretariat and other State departments, State corporations be bifurcated, with one stationed at Jammu and other at Srinagar throughout the year.

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