Tak reiterates demand for constitution of STF

Excelsior Correspondent
KISHTWAR, Apr 20: Member Legislative Council (MLC) Firdous Tak has reiterated his demand for constitution of Special Task Force (STF) in order to study and suggest special measures to overcome development deficit of Chenab Valley.
“There is urgent need for constitution of STF comprising officers from key Government departments in order to study the development deficit of this mountainous region”, he said adding, “The three districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban need special budgetary provisions in all important sectors so that people can at least be provided the basic amenities of life”.
Tak was addressing party workers in Nagsena area of Kishtwar. He was accompanied by General Secretary Youth Umar Malik, Wasiil Doolwal, Roshan Lal, Rajesh Sharma, Tariq Hussain and Gulab Chand.
“A major portion of revenue collection of the State is contributed from Chenab Valley in the form on water cess, share on power generation, forest extraction and gypsum collection but over the years the region has not been given its due share”, he said, adding that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was herself keen to address all the issues confronting the masses in the three districts and various measures have been undertaken in the last two years in this direction.
“The STF must be entrusted the job of looking into all problems confronting all the three districts of Chenab Valley including improving the road connectivity, ensuring quality education for children, basic health care facilities for the people and creating new job opportunities for unemployed educated youth,” the PDP MLC said.
“We talk about crop insurance and horticulture but the fact remain that the land in this hill locked region has turned barren due to lack of irrigation facilities”, he said and hoped that the Government will lay special emphasis on road, electricity, education and health sectors in the region so as to provide immediate relief to the people.