Kalakote, Mar 18: Lauding the spirit of unity and amity being demonstrated by people of Kalakote, Nowshera and Sunderbani during the ongoing peaceful and apolitical agitation in support of their demands, National Conference on Sunday sought carving out of a new district and posting of separate Additional Deputy Commissioners to assuage the aspirations of the remote and border areas.
Provincial President Devender Singh Rana and former minister Ajay Kumar Sadhotra expressed solidarity with the agitating people and cautioned the PDP-BJP government against selectivity in activation of the new administrative units sanctioned by the previous government headed by Omar Abdullah.
“As the people of these areas are pursuing their rightful cause by rising above politics and party affiliation, the coalition government is injecting politics and engineering divide to sabotage the issue”, Devender Singh Rana said while joining the party functionaries and workers in the sit-in dharna here.
Rana described the demand as genuine, saying posting of Additional Deputy Commissioners would ease the problems of the people and result in holistic development of these areas, which was the motivation behind sanctioning new administrative units at several places vide Government Order No 42-Rev(s) of 2018 dated 20.02.2018 the deputation stressed the need for showing similar expediency in making the units functional, which had been sanctioned by the previous National Conference-Congress government vide Cabinet Decision No 187/14/2014 on 21 October 2014. As per the decision, nine Sub-Divisions, 50 Tehsils and 99 Niabats across the state which have been created but not activated, he added.
He said National Conference welcomes activation of various administrative units in Vilgam and Qalamabad tehsils in Kupwara district, Singhpora and Narwaw in Baramulla district besides Ramsu in Ramban district but selectivity adopted by the insensitive dispensation has generated resentment in other areas. He rejected the decision of rotational ADCs and sought their independent deployment on immediate basis. He welcomed the posting of ADC at Kotranka.
Rana referred to the meeting of President National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah with Governor N N Vohra in this regard and said the party leadership wants the stalemate to end so that normal activities are resumed again. He lamented that instead of solving peoples’ problems, the present government was forcing them to take to streets.
Speaking on the occasion, Ajay Kumar Sadhotra cautioned against delay in acceding to legitimate demands of the people, saying the government must come forward to address the issue by shunning its egoistic approach.
“Keeping in view the topography of the area, it is imperative to have the administration at door-steps of people, who are forced to travel long distances in pursuit of solution to their problems”, Mr Sadhotra added.
State Secretary and former MLA Kalakote Th Rachpal Singh assailed the government for taking vicarious pleasure in sufferings of the people. He said the present dispensation has failed on all fronts, administratively and politically, which is why the people are forced to take agitational recourse.
“The government should not test the patience of the people”, he cautioned and hoped that the order pertaining to rotational order will be rescinded and permanent arrangement made to assuage the aspirations of the people.
Youth National Conference Provincial President Ajaz Jan also addressed the protesters.