NC delegation meets PM; presents memorandum

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday sought early consideration of the Autonomy Resolution passed by the State Legislature with two-third majority and urged Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to announce measures in this regard.

In a memorandum, submitted to the Prime Minister by a high level delegation led by Member Parliament Dr Mehboob Beg at Srinagar this evening, National  Conference described autonomy as bedrock of the party and emphasized its resolution as guaranteed by  Constitution of India.

The memorandum included, inter allia,  implementation of  the Working Groups and the Group of Interlocutors, Indo Pak Talks, dialogue with all shades of opinion in the state, trade and movement across the LoC, opening of more routes, revision of special package for Kashmiri migrants, special package for PoK Refugees of 1947, 1965 and 1971 , package for earth quake affected areas, rehabilitation and return of misguided Kashmir youth from across the LoC, special recruitment package for the youth of the state in the Defence, Para-military Forces, Central Govt Departments, Banks and other Central Govt Undertakings. The delegation also demanded reservation for the Paharis without affecting the reservation available to the Scheduled Tribe and any other community.  The delegation also sought special package for the rehabilitation and resettlement of the people living between the IB/LoC and the defence fence from Kathua , Rajouri, Poonch to Gurez.

National Conference urged the Prime Minister for consideration the reports of the various Working Groups as also the one submitted by the Interlocutors report.

Stating that National Conference has always remained a votary of cordial Indo-Pak relations, the memorandum appealed the Prime Minister to enter into a sustained and meaningful dialogue with Pakistan for peace and stability in the sub-continent. It also stated that the resolution of Kashmir issue required a permanent solution and for achieving it there was a need to engage all stake holders, irrespective of shade of opinion they represent because for sustainable lasting solution it is essential to evolve a consensus among different groups who represent different aspirations and the solution that emerges out of the dialogue should be a solution which should be acceptable to all the stake holders.

On LoC trade, National Conference urged Dr Singh to initiate measures for strengthening trade across the LoC and replace barter trade with the financial transaction to make it more transparent, healthier and aggressive as also to make the movement of the people across the LoC less cumbersome. It also emphasized opening of Jammu-Silakote, Kargil-Skardu, Nowshera-Changar, Sagra –Tatapani Mendla and Titwal route.

The memorandum urged the Prime Minister to consider favourably the enhancement of package of Kashmiri Migrants already recommended by the State government. The party also sought a special package for relief and rehabilitation of earth quake victims in the areas affected by the earthquake in J&K.

The National Conference demanded that the process of rehabilitation and return of misguided Kashmiri youth who have gone across the LoC and have not indulged in any subversive activities, their return should be facilitated back to the state.

On employment to youth, the NC sought a special package as the state has suffered immensely in the wake of militancy. It demanded recruitment of the youth in Defence, Para-military forces, Central Govt Departments, Banks and other Central Govt Undertakings.

National Conference demanded reservation for Paharies without disturbing the reservations to the Gujjars or any other community; extension of railway line from Baramulla to Kupwara and also lateral lines to all the tourist resorts in Kashmir Valley, Jammu-Poonch via Rajouri, Basholi-Bani-Kishtwar; transfer of power projects to the state particularly Dulhasti as per the Ranjarajan Committee report as also other power projects; special package for the rehabilitation and resettlement of the people living between the IB/LoC and the defence fence from Kathua, Rajouri, Poonch to Gurez, setting up of Rail coach factory in J&K; handing over of the International Airport, Srianagar to the Civil authorities and shifting of defence Airbase to the Awantipora Airbase and allowing of direct flights from Srinagar to Jeddah.

The National Conference also urged initiation of work on Singpora Vailo Tunnel, Doda-Kapran, Sudhmahadev-Marmat, Pir Ke Gali on the Mughal road, Sadhna Pass, Razdan Pass, Gulabgarh-Narbal-Shopian.  The National Conference further urges that the work of the Zojila Tunnel should be expedited; upgradation and extension of Kagril Airport; special rebate on air fare for Leh- Srinagar (to and fro) for giving fillip to tourist traffic. It also demanded that the air fare should be controlled and regulated specially during the tourism season.

The party sought resolution of the Shahpur Kandi Barrage dispute between J&K the Punjab and requested for  establishment of 1000 Mega Watt Thermal Power plant in J&K.

The delegation comprised Nasir Aslam Wani Provincial President Kashmir, Devender Singh Rana Provincial President Jammu, MP Sharif-ud-din Shariq, Gh. Hassan Khan, Legislators and senior party leaders, Javed Rana, Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardi, Dr Shahnaz Ganai, Ali Mohammad Dar, D. S Oberio, A. R Shaheen, Syed Mushtaq Bukharai, Tanvir Sadiq, Mohd Syed Akhoon, Sheikh Rehman, Showkat Mir, Tanvir Sadiq and Aga Khadim Rizvi.

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