Implement Amarnath agitation agreement

It may be recalled that in August 2008, an agreement between Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti and the then Government had  been reached on certain issues which included withdrawal of criminal cases registered against those involved in the agitation, payment of ex- gratia to the next of kin deceased, creation of corpus of Rs. 1 crore for creating  job opportunities in the  private  sector for one member of the bereaved families and those who had been disabled during the course of the agitation. The agitation of the people, by all accounts, was an unprecedented one in the history of Jammu.
Majority of the issues that were part of the agreement of August 2008 continue to  remain unfulfilled as the Government which took over after the Governor’s rule did not do much in this direction  with the result most of the issues continue to remain in suspended animation even after the expiry of nine long years.  This has provided space for due resentment voiced by various political and social organizations of Jammu region for the issues of the agreement not having been given a practical shape. Since the present Governor happened to head the State Government at the time of the culmination of the agitation which lasted for two long months and the agreement having been inked during the tenure of Governor’s rule, in this connexion, he is fully aware of the chronological developments in the entire gamut of the subject matter.
Hence,   Governor N. N. Vohra has issued significant directions to divisional administration of Jammu, both civil and police to look into all pending issues, address them and submit to him a compliance report within next 20 days on the agreement reached between the Government and the Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti in August 2008.
These directions were issued to Divisional Commissioner Jammu and Inspector General of Police, Jammu zone in a meeting in the Raj Bhawan in which representatives of the Sangharsh Samiti also were present. At the meeting, the Governor directed the Divisional Commissioner and the IGP  Jammu to expedite the process required for fulfilling various elements of the agreement and sought a compliance report from them by April 24, or within the next 20 days from the  date of the meeting  ie; April 4.
The hopes of the fulfillment of the covenants of the agreement got  also strengthened  by the fact that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the CM announcing withdrawal of FIRs against first time stone pelters in Kashmir valley and assured to consider withdrawal of cases even against the second time offenders as a major confidence building measure. The present State Government must, therefore, see to it that the  issues remaining pending resolution under the 2008 agreement are addressed to the satisfaction of those aggrieved ones in accordance with the details in the said agreement. This will surely go a long way in assuaging the feelings of the people otherwise feeling concerned over the delay caused.