‘Regional harmony is key to progress, development of the state’
Jammu, Sep 29: National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Friday said that respecting and assuaging aspirations of the three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh is imperative for preserving singular entity of the State.
“The three regions have their distinct aspirations, which are needed to be respected and met to offset the sense of deprivation”, Rana said while addressing senior party functionaries and office bearers of various districts of the Jammu region at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan this afternoon.
He said the National Conference has spelled out a roadmap in this regard in its Regional Autonomy Document, which is needed to be debated and considered by rising above party politics in the larger interest of the unity of the state, a shining example of unity in diversity.
The Provincial President said a mechanism will have to be devised to put in place autonomous regional councils with duly structured public representatives at the regional and district levels under the overall superintendence of the state. This will not only help in achieving the larger objective of decentralisation of powers but also enable public participation in decision making. He said such a mechanism will be in consonance with the political philosophy of National Conference that believes people as the real fountain head of power.
Rana said regional harmony is key to progress and development of the state. “This can be achieved only when each region of the state gets equal opportunity in economic development and political empowerment”, he said.
The Provincial President touched volley of issues including the prevailing security situation in the state and challenges on developmental front.
Referring to traumatic situation being faced by border dwellers due to intermittent ceasefire violations and skirmishes, the Provincial President said the alarming security scenario calls for thaw between Indo-Pak relations.
“True, the conditions are not conducive at the moment to carry forward the process of dialogue but the issues cannot be sorted out by guns”, he said, adding that the victims of border skirmishes are the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He hoped that the Centre will show the same maturity and political sagacity in tackling with the neighbouring country which it demonstrated in ending the Dokhlam stand-off.
Prominent among those present in the meeting included Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Surjeet Singh Slathia, Rattan Lal Gupta, Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari, Th Kashmira Singh, Sheikh Abdul Rehman, Babu Ram Paul, Abdul Gani Malik, Malik Ghulam Hyder, Ajaz Jan, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Master Noor Hussain, Haji Mohammed Hussain, Deepender Kour, Jugal Mahajan, Gurdeep Singh Sasan, Choudhry Haroon, Satwant Kour Dogra, Vijay Laxmi Dutta, Anil Dhar, Dharamveer Singh Jawal, Sham Narain Mehta, Sunil Verma, Tanveer Kichloo, Mohinder Gupta, Daljeet Sharma, Kuldeep Kour, Dilshad Malik, Rita Gupta and others.
The meeting was also attended by District Secretaries and Block Presidents besides functionaries of various wings of National Conference. (KNS)