KVK centre shuts because of political rivalry

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Jan 16: The recently established Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in Balapora Shopian to impart vocational training to unemployed women folk of the area has been closed down due to the rift between the Sarpanchs and Panchs of two different political parties.
Dr Inayat Ahmad, Project Coordinator KVK, said that he has been left with no choice but to close down the centre due to political rivalry between Panchs and Sarpanchs of the area. “I was left with no choice except to lock up the center,” he said.
The locals of the area said that the centre could have turn out to be a major platform for rural women to explore their skills and earn their own livelihood, but due to some personal interests of a Sarpanch the centre was closed.
The dispute broke out after a local female Ulfat Nazir daughter of Nazir Ahmad was allegedly selected illegally as an instructor in the KVK centre to train the newly registered girls. “The employees at KVK were appointed illegally on local political approach, while the deserving candidates were sidelined,” Sarpanch Abdul Majeed Rather said.
While as his Deputy Sarpanch Mohamad Rafiq Bhat accused the Sarpanch for using his political powers to lock up the centre because of his personal family rivalry with one of the female instructors appointed in the centre.
The women of the area accused the Sarpanch and Panchs of the area for snatching the chance for them to learn any technical work free of cost. “Government should punish these biased panchayati members, who have polluted the work culture in the area,” a group of women said.
The KVK centre was started in a rented building last week and some 20 girls of the same village were registered in the first phase to learn cutting and tailoring in the centre free of cost.