Large number of Panthers Party (JKNPP) activists led by former minister, Harsh Dev Singh and Yash Paul Kundal, State President, Young Panthers, today staged a protest demonstration seeking insertion of Jammu region's name in the abbreviations of various Administrative Services of the state like KAS, KPS, KCS etc.
The protesters also demanded equitable promotional opportunities for the Jammu based administrative officers.
The protesters assembled at Exhibition Ground, Jammu, where they staged protest demonstration against the government.
While addressing the media, Harsh Dev Singh strongly condemned the successive state governments for terming the Administrative Services of J&K as KAS, KPS and KCS in official records and sought the "rectification" by duly incorporating Jammu region's name in the abbreviations for the said services.
He exhorted the present state government to rename the said Administrative Services as JKAS, JKPS and JKCS respectively so as to address the sentiments of various aspiring groups and regions.
He said that the name of the state being J&K, it was highly preposterous to disregard the identity of Jammu region by not mentioning its name in the highest level administrative services of the state.
Lambasting the BJP, Singh regretted that hardly two KAS officers of Jammu region had been posted as Deputy Commissioners as against 10 Kashmir based KAS officers posted as DCs in 10 different districts.
Singh said that the opposition of BJP to the proposal of making KPS officers at par with KAS officers was derisory and ludicrous. He said that the BJP ministers failed to understand that there was nothing in the proposal that a police officer would be given rank of DIG or IGP and regretted that BJP Ministers created a ruckus in the cabinet without understating that it was merely grade enhancement for non-uniform, non-descript posts which was listed in the agenda items before the cabinet.
Yash Paul Kundal maintained that the present government besides redressing the concerns of Jammuites for equal opportunities and equitable resources should also redress the larger issue of Jammu's pride and honour.
Rajesh Padgotra, Nirmal Kishore, Udhayveer, Purshotam Parihar, Satvir, Kailash Mohan, Raj Kumar, Ravinder Jamwal and others participated in the protest.