NC Trying To Disempower Kashmiris, Claims Karra

6 July 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and Member Parliament Tariq Hameed Karra today accused the National Conference (NC) of working towards 'complete disempowerment' of Kashmiris. Karra claimed that the Valley had become a victim of the 'worst kind of discrimination perpetuated by Omar Abdullah's anarchic regime'. The PDP leader said this in a statement issued here and added that the same should serve as an eye-opener for the people of the Valley. 'Brazen regional discrimination by the state government in appointment of around 9,000 contractual teachers under a special recruitment drive should prove an eye-opener for Kashmiris. It is now clear that how the Omar Abdullah-led regime is slowly and steadily pushing Kashmiris into perpetual economic subjugation,' he said. 'To the shock and dismay of every Kashmiri, the advertisement issued in local dailies on July 5, 2014, shows that of the 8,475 posts of contractual teachers, 5,396 are for the Jammu region, 2,960 for Kashmir and 119 for Ladakh,' he added. Stating that one fails to understand what criteria the state government had used to justify such brazen discrimination in allocation of posts, Karra said: 'Going by the population ratio, Kashmir should have got more posts than the Jammu region. If not that, at least the distribution of posts should have been on a 50:50 basis so that justice was done with the unemployed youths in all regions.' The PDP MP said the 'worst thing' was that while around 1,300 posts of contractual teacher had been advertised for Jammu district, there were just 80 posts for Srinagar district. 'Right from the day Omar Abdullah assumed power, Kashmir is getting a step-motherly treatment in every sphere with his blessings,' he added. Karra further stated that out of 676 sub-health centres to be set up under the National Rural Health Mission, 429 were in the Jammu region and 247 for Kashmir, with Srinagar getting none. 'Similarly, out of 953 schools proposed for upgrade, 600 are in Jammu, 370 in Kashmir and 30 in Ladakh. Under the Central Road Fund, Jammu has got Rs 208.81 crore during the last three years, Kashmir has got just Rs 79 crore. Under the 10th phase of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Jammu has got Rs 2531.58 crore while Kashmir has been given just Rs 1554.12 crore. 'Out of the 659 administrative units cleared by the Cabinet in February this year, 337 went to Jammu, 274 to Kashmir and 48 to Ladakh. 'Out of the 38 villages recently approved for inclusion in backward list, 30 are in Jammu and only eight are in Kashmir. Recently, 34 ventilators were installed in district and sub-district hospitals of the Jammu region while the number is only 16 in Kashmir,' the parliamentarian said.