Bishnah Legislator Demands Separate Jammu State

25 May 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Jammu: Getting into poll mode, Member of Legislative Assembly from Bishnah Ashwani Sharma today demanded statehood for the Jammu province, saying the move would help end discrimination with the region. Jammu and Kashmir is scheduled to go for Assembly polls in the latter half of the year. 'Separate state for Jammu, abrogation of Article 370 and implementation of the Delimitation Commission can end discrimination with the region,' Sharma said while addressing a 'Sangarsh' rally at Arnia. The legislator also raised the issue of border farmers and urged the government to resolve the problems concerning the community. 'We have been raising the issue of providing compensation to farmers, whose land has been for taken for border fencing, in the state Assembly as well as at in meetings of the District Development Board. Time has come when the government must act and solve the problems faced by farmers (living in the border areas),' he said. Sharma also said the educated youth of border areas of the state have not been provided with much of the employment opportunities and asked the government to hold a special recruitment drive for them so that they can get equal share of employment in all the sectors. He further demanded a degree college for Arnia and upgrading of the primary health centre (PHC), Arnia, to sub-district hospital. Sharma told people that efforts were being made to develop the Arnia town and under the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme, the Municipal Committee Arnia has extended help to 124 below poverty line families. The legislator also assured people that drainage system in the town would be improved soon and a mini sport stadium will be also constructed for the promotion of sports activities.