JPPF demands full-fledged regional council for Jammu with recruitment powers

JPPF members during a press conference at Jammu.
JPPF members during a press conference at Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 12: Jammu Province Peoples’ Forum (JPPF) has demanded a full-fledged regional council for Jammu province with recruitment powers.
Extending their heartiest congratulations to the Union Government for abrogation of Article 370 which gave sigh of relief to many victims of Article 370 for the last seven decades i.e. refugees and Balmikis, civil society members of JPPF discussed latest developments took place in J&K and the Reorganisation Bill 2019, in a meeting held here today.
Further every aspect affecting the people of J&K in general and Jammu province in particular was taken into consideration and thread bare discussion was held. The members were of the opinion that downgrading of the State is not acceptable to them but keeping in the mind broader interest of the country and as assured by the Home Minister that the moment situation of J&K improves the status will be restored, they are hopeful for the same at the earliest.
It was also resolved in the meeting that at least a full-fledged regional council with recruitment powers (separate bench of PSC) be given to Jammu as the Jammu has already suffered a lot since independence on accounts of employment and development, and almost all Jammu projects such as Tawi lake, Gandola, Jambu zoo, etc are still looking for the Government initiative towards its completion but still no dead line is given.
Finally it was decided in the meeting that a deputation of members of the civil society will go to meet Union Home Minister and others in Delhi to apprise them about the immediate requirements of the people of Jammu province. Later while addressing the media, JPPF members appealed every stakeholder to come forward and become an active catalyst of growth.
Members who addressed and participated were Paviter Singh (president JPPF), M S Katoch (working president), Inderjit Khajuria (chairman AJHALA), Kamal Singh (Jat Sabha), Uday Chand (president, DPP), Pritam Sharma (Kranti Dal), K B Jandial (IAS Retd), M L Sharma, Avinash Bhatia, Resham Singh, Pratap Singh, Pawan Sharma, Charanjit, Gurmiit Singh, Ram Ratan Sharama and Surinder.