A high level delegation of National Conference met Governor NN Vohra today at Raj Bhavan here on Thursday and apprised him about their concerns about attempts being made to tinker with the Article 35A of the constitution.
In a statement here a NC spokesman said that the 11-member delegation led by the NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar expressed grave concern and anguish over way BJP and PDP coalition government handled the case in the Supreme Court. "Till date no counter affidavit has been filed in the Supreme Court by Central government as well as by the state government. This Article is custodian of interests of all the three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Therefore there can be no compromise in defending it," the delegation apprised the Governor, in a memorandum submitted to him.
The party requested the Governor to follow the case vigorously in the Supreme Court as any attempt to fiddle with it will have serious consequences. "As regards development of the state we all members of the delegation are concerned about the discrimination meted out to the summer capital of Srinagar. It is unfortunate that Srinagar district has been politically victimized by BJP-PDP rule," the memorandum stated.
Citing examples it said one IIT, IIM, smart city has been sanctioned for Jammu which "we appreciate but Srinagar has been totally ignored".
"The master plan of Jammu stands notified while as master plan of Srinagar is yet to see the light of day. The statistical figure shown in district CAPEX allocations of the state reveals that Jammu has Rs 224 crore allocation while as Srinagar has Rs 102 crore allocation which comes as 6 percent of district CAPEX allocation for Jammu while as Srinagar has only 3 percent which speaks volumes," reads the memorandum.
"The summer capital of state has lowest per capita allocation of Rs 922 in comparison to other districts of J&K," it said. The developmental works in the summer capital of the State have been put to halt for unknown reasons. It is humbly prayed that such works be started at the earliest and 50% more funds need to be released for Srinagar to remove this disparity."
The members of the delegation included Shamima Firdous, Mubarak Gull, Nasir Aslam Wani, Muhammad Irfan Shan, Peer Aafaq Ahmed, Qamar Ali Akhoon, Ferooz Ahmad Khan, Haji Mohammad Syed Akhoon, Bashir Ahmad Ganaie, Ghulam Rasool Naqvi and Haji Hanifa John.
Meanwhile, an official press release said the delegation appreciated decisions taken by the Governor for streamlining the administration. "The delegation raised issues relating to security concerns of their party members on account of militant attacks on its leaders and workers; growing menace of drugs among youth; downturn in the tourism and handicrafts sectors of the state's economy; problems of Kargil district which included unlawful constructions, encroachments on public lands, and need to ensure timely completion of the Zojila tunnel," the statement said.
The delegation thanked Governor on his decision to conduct long overdue elections to Urban Local Bodies and Panchayats. The Governor urged Sagar and his party members to raise awareness about the high importance of forthcoming elections to establish grass-root democracy in the state, it added.