JAMMU, Aug 9: Terming abrogation of Article 370 as historic decision to end separatism in J&K, Dogra Sadar Sabha has demanded autonomous Regional Council for Jammu and Kashmir regions besides some provision to prevent flooding of land mafia here.
Decisions in these regard were taken during a core group meeting of the Dogra Sadar Sabha, held to examine the developments following the decision of abrogation of Article 370 including (Sec 35A) and reorganization of the J&K State into two Union Territories.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of DSS president Th Gulchain Singh Charak, who described Article 370 as un-constitutional, discriminatory and cancerous, sowing roots of separatism, hampering development and causing untold dis-satisfaction to common people except the few selected elite beneficiaries of a few families.
“The youth of this region have suffered immensely due to discrimination on education and job opportunities. THE EWS quota for NEET 2019 candidates holding EWS certificates is not yet released. The 108 extra seats allocated by MCI are being wasted,” said DSS demanding immediate release of these since all hurdles are now cleared after abrogation of Article 370.
The DSS stressed that the J&K UT Secretariat should function simultaneously in both the capitals of Jammu and Kashmir. The Sabha also urged for separate autonomous Regional Councils for Jammu & Kashmir regions with separate allocation of funds based on areas/population and need of development. It also sought adequate checks and measures to ensure fair and justified allocations of funds, opportunities and other benefits between the two regional councils as announced by the Government of India and reminded of the persistent discrimination suffered by Jammu in past 70 years.
“To save identity of Dogras / locals and to prevent flooding of land mafias/ grabbers an arrangement under Article 371 like (HP) and the Eastern States should be adopted for both the new UTs,” said the meet and decided to have more deliberations to examine the details once the new provisions are spelled out in detail by the Government of India viz a viz the future Lt Governor of J&K UT.
The meeting was attended besides others by Prem Sagar Gupta, Brig M S Jamwal, Col Dr Virendra K Sahi, S Kulbir Singh, Amanat Ali Shah, Varinder Gupta, Gambhir Dev Singh Charak and Chhankar Singh.