APAC demands autonomous hill development council status for Chenab valley region

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 19: All Party Action Committee (APAC), Chenab Valley Autonomous Hill Development Council (CVAH-DC) held a meeting under the chairmanship of its president Ghulam Hassan Tak and was attended by Sheikh Abdul Rehman, chief patron, besides representatives of 20 blocks of Chenab valley region.
The speakers expressed concern over the step motherly treatment being meted out with the region by the Government. No heed has been paid to the genuine demands including grant of autonomous hill development council status to the Chenab valley region on the analogy of Ladakh Hill Development Council, they added.
They said that NC and PDP have promised the hill development status to the region in their 2008 election manifesto, but they have betrayed the people, adding that the legislators of the region are responsible for not taking up the this demand with the Government.
General secretary Imtiyaz Mir said that Government has turned deaf ear towards the plights of tremor hit entire region.
Sheikh Abdul Rehman said that the former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad also showed no respect to the sentiments of more than 7 lakh people of the area. The only alternative left with the people is to come on road and launch a peaceful struggle to get the demands redressed.
The meeting unanimously urged the Legislators of Chenab valley region to introduce a bill in this behalf in the ensuing Assembly session.
Among others who spoke were Riyaz Ahmed Zargar and Retd Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Arshad Malik, vice presidents, Ram Singh Chauhan, general secretary, Amrit Varsha, Mahila president, Kanta Devi, vice president, Sheikh Moha-mmad Shafi, secretary, Ghulam Hassan Patigaru, president, Bar Association, Doda.