LAHDC role model for Self Rule: Bukhari


Srinagar, Sep 27: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that Ladakh is a role model of the party’s Self Rule formula. The party also reiterated its demand for reopening of traditional roads in the Ladakh region for smooth travel and trade.
A PDP delegation comprising Syed Altaf Bukhari, Naeem Akhtar, Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat and Shahnawaz Hussain Mir concluded extensive tour of the desert district today. Terming Leh and Kargil Autonomous Hill Development Councils as model of party’s Self Rule roadmap, the delegation head Syed Altaf Bukhari said; “Keeping in view the functioning of LAHDC and KAHDC, we say the Self Rule is already at work in Ladakh region.”
Making a mention of the establishment of Leh and Kargil Development Councils, Bukhari said that before the formation of PDP led government in 2002, there were complaints of discrimination with some regions of the state. “But the PDP led regime not only removed such discriminations but also ensured empowerment of different regions and sub-regions through establishment and empowerment of these councils.”
He said Leh’s silk route that passes through Nubra valley being the nearest approach to Kashgar, Khotan and Yarkand would make the region an instant hit with the industry in north Indian states. “Similarly, the reopening of road to Kailash Mansarovar (Leh-Damchok-Tibet) closed since 1962 would convert Leh into a pilgrim base camp. And the restoration on traffic on Kargil-Skardu road will offer it the easiest approach to the Karakoram highway that connects China with Islamabad,” he demanded.
Bukhari said the people of Ladakh understand the importance of being part of the political process rather than remaining on the periphery. He said that in the given situation PDP’s Self Rule roadmap was the best possible solution, without affecting the sovereignty of both India and Pakistan.
The PDP leader said regional councils could be formed by upgrading the Legislative Council and members from both sides could be accommodated.
He said the economic aspect is a critical component of the party’s Self Rule roadmap. Naeem Akhtar, who met various public delegations in Ladakh and toured the area extensively, observed that given the topography of the region entire Ladakh is dependent on air connectivity. Akhtar said the distances involved in higher educational and health facilities, people of the region are in a way compelled to pay unbridled air fares by the authorities.
“Since the road connecting Ladakh with Srinagar remains closed for over six months the unbridled air fares has a telling impact on the entire Ladakhi population. These fares should only be reduced but eth frequency of air travel facility should be increase to address the public demands,” he stressed.
Calling upon the private telecommunication operators to extend their area of operation to Ladakh region, Akhtar said the state owned telecommunication facility--BSNL is in total disarray and its functioning is far from satisfactory. “This dismal performance of BSNL needs an immediate intervention of company’s top brass so that the complaints of the people are addressed.”
He said the state government must work out a strategy to ensure the smooth LPG supply to Ladakh as the people of the region live in sub zero temperatures.
The delegation was also joined by local leaders of the party including Tashi Gyalson and Nasir Hussain.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Sep 2012 00:00:00 IST

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