Regional autonomy only way forward: Rana

National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana on Sunday reiterated that regional autonomy to the three regions under the overall superintendence of the State government is the only way forward to assuage the political aspirations of the people and address to the political dimensions of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Such a mechanism will provide a sense of political empowerment and  end the apprehensions of discrimination among the people”, Rana said while paying tribute to Shaheed Shashi Bala and Hoshiar Singh at a function organized by Internationalist Democratic Platform here this morning.

Rana said regional autonomy together with well-structured district councils will end the sense of deprivation and ensure complete involvement of the people in decision making.

He said the doctrine of regional autonomy provides a mechanism for empowerment of sub-regions and administrative mechanism at district level to take governance at the grass roots level, on the analogy of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils. The concept of regional autonomy essentially aims at assuaging political, economic, developmental and psychological aspirations of the three regions of the State, he said, adding this will also be a counter to the machinations of dividing Jammu and Kashmir on regional and communal lines.

Rana said that myopic politics, based on hate and mistrust, has caused a huge dent to the time tested unity of the State and the time has come when  people of different faiths and regions should take a lead in bridging the gap. For this, he called for inter-community and intra state dialogue for promoting better understanding and harmony, saying respecting each other’s’ sentiments is imperative for healthy societal growth. He said inter-community discourse will help in eschewing misgivings and strengthening the bonds between various segments of society. “We must take a lead and initiate this process at grass roots level by interacting with each other”, he added.