September 2017 News

Regional Autonomy Key To Development, Says NC

14 September 2017
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Jammu: Cautioning against the conspiracy of some inimical forces to trifurcate the state, the National Conference today pitched for regional autonomy to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh to ensure 'political and economic empowerment' of the people in all three regions of the state. 'Regional autonomy is the only viable solution to meeting the political, economical, developmental and psychological aspirations of the three regions of the state,' NC provincial president Devender Singh Rana told mediapersons here. Rana said the autonomy resolution passed by the state legislature was pending with the Centre and since there had been no forward movement on that document, the issue of regional autonomy could not be taken to its logical conclusion. He said the doctrine provided a mechanism for empowerment of sub-regions and to take governance to the grass-roots level on the lines of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils in Leh and Kargil. 'Any idea or proposal better than our regional autonomy solution will be acceptable to us provided it fulfils the aspirations of all stakeholders and people of all three regions and offers a tangible solution to the long-standing problems of J&K,' Rana said while vehemently pitching for regional autonomy. The senior NC leader said regional autonomy together with well-structured district councils would end the 'sense of deprivation' and allegations of discrimination. 'For 35A will fight till last drop of blood': Over the party stand on Article 35A, Rana said the NC cadre would fight for the rights of its state subjects till the last drop of their blood. 'We hope that the BJP-led NDA government will move an effective counter-affidavit, defending this provision, in the Supreme Court as per the commitment made by Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his recent visit to Srinagar and Jammu,' he said. 'Rohingyas not J&K state subjects' : When asked about the stand of the NC on Rohingyas, Rana said the party's position was clear as nobody was stopping the Centre from deporting them. 'The Centre should take a call on the issue as per the Foreign Nationals Act and in pursuance of the UN Charter. We are not against their deportation,' he said.