4 decades on, Dignibal sans basic amenities
IMRAN MUZAFFAR PARRAY
Srinagar, Oct 24: Despite passing of four decades of their settlement at Dignibal in Ganderbal, people of the village still lack basic facilities including healthcare, education and transportation.
Population of Dignibal is a mixture of Gujjar- Bakarwals and Kashmiris, who have migrated from Rajouri and Dachigam respectively for proper settlement. However, the locals said despite passing of nearly four decades, the village sans all the basic facilities.
“We feel like living in primitive times. In absence of a dispensary, we have travel to adjoining village which is six miles from here,” the locals said.
Despite having a middle school, the village lags behind in education. “We don’t have money to send our children to schools. They work as labourers to help us to meet the two ends,” said a local, Abdul Wahab.
“Only few students are on the rolls. Main reason for underdevelopment of the village is lack of education. There is only one migrated matriculate in the village,” said a school teacher.
Lack of transport facility in the village is one of the reasons for its under-development. Fear of man-animal conflict is another challenge faced by the locals. “Our village has been neglected by the successive regimes. We appeal the senior official to visit our village and make on-the-spot assessment of our condition,” they said.
The Additional District Development Commissioner Ganderbal refused to comment on the issue. “You better talk to DC,” the DDC told Greater Kashmir.
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