NPP activists protest, seek resolution of issues

Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu, Nov 7:  Exhorting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fulfill all the aspirations of Jammu Pradesh, a large number of  National Panthers Party activists led by Balwant Singh Mankotia State president held strong protest outside Raj Bhawan here today.
Reminding Mr Modi about the most sensitive issue of Article 370 , Mr Mankotia drew the attention of the Prime Minister regarding the importance of amendment in Article 370 so that the laws made in the Parliament of India are extended to the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
While revealing that Jammu region has a highly fragile tertiary health care system, he urged the PM to announce the  establishment of previously sanctioned Premier Health Institution in the region keeping the long cherished dream of the people under consideration. Mr Mankotia adjured Mr Modi to announce ‘Smart City’ for Jammu since it had satisfied all the eligibility criteria and pre-set benchmarks to have a superior claim for the selection under the Pan-India Smart City project.
The NPP leader  exhorted PM Narendra Modi to fulfill the political promises doled out to the people of Jammu region on the subject of  delimitation of Assembly constituencies. He maintained that Jammu Province had 37 Assembly seats whereas Kashmir Valley had 46 Assembly seats despite former having a larger area than the latter.  State NPP chief urged the Prime Minister to announce the comprehensive settlement package for  PoJK refugees of 1947, along with conferment of State Subject rights for West Pak refugees of 1947 who had been left in lurch by the successive State and Central Governments.  He also demanded the relief and compensation package for 2200 families of Talwara Migrants (Jammu migrants) at par with Kashmiri migrants in consonance with the Supreme Court orders.
Mr Mankotia cautioned the Central Government that if the demands and aspirations of the people of Jammu region were not fulfilled then the NPP would take the agitational course for the cause of Dogras’ pride and honour.
Anita Thakur, NPP general secretary, Jagdev Singh, R S Dogra and Rajesh Padgotra also addressed the gathering.

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