JKAP demands restoration of statehood to J&K

A delegation of Jammu & Kashmir Apni Party called upon the Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha and presented a memorandum of demands to him at Raj Bhavan here on Friday.

The delegation led by Dilawar Mir demanded restoration of statehood to J&K, domicile rights over land and jobs, release of detainees under PSA, impartial probe into disappearance of Rajouri labourers, all weather connectivity between Jammu and Kashmir with rest of the nation, rights of local population over mining and ecological activities, construction of bunkers for border dwellers, regularisation of daily wagers, setting up separate CAT at Srinagar, implementation of Forest Rights Act, complete restoration of internet services and zero tolerance for sacrilegious remarks.

It also demanded withdrawing of cases against youth, ensuring J&K’s bank’s financial autonomy, reviving agriculture and horticulture sectors, support for industry and manufacturing sectors, addressing lockdown impact on vital sectors of economy, revival of tourism and its allied industrial sectors, restoration of internet, removal of income clause in reservation of Pahari tribe, security issues of political activists, regularization of daily wagers, removal of SRO 202, revival of development activities rehabilitation plan for Jhelum dwellers, transfer of J&K House assets to Ladakh, employment package of KPs.

“On this occasion, through your good office, we would again like to remind the top leadership of our country particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah of their promises made in the Parliament so that the sense of hurt and isolation among people of J&K is addressed expeditiously,” reads the memorandum. ”We are of firm belief that the economic development in J&K is possible only if the political aspirations of the people are addressed in a just and humane manner. Restoration of statehood to J&K can be one major step in this direction.”

The delegation presented host of issues being faced by public and demanded that certain schemes be instituted to rejuvenate the economy.

They also highlighted the losses faced by tourism industry and demanded initiatives to kick-start the ailing industry in J&K.

The LG assured the delegation that all the demands would be looked into and appropriate steps would be taken on merit. He also reaffirmed the resolve of the Union government for providing basic minimum amenities to all residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

Others who were part of the delegation included Ch Zulfkar Ali, Ajaz Ahmad Khan, Manjit Singh, Vijay Bakaya, Syed Asgar Ali, Mumtaz Ahmad Khan, Yawar Dilawar Mir, Vikram Malhotra and Namrata Sharma.