Land reforms and Tehsils not comparable: ANC

Srinagar: Awami National Conference (ANC)  on Monday strongly condemned what it called ‘baseless utterances of some  ‘ignorant’ National Conference threshold politicians, who  are shamelessly comparing the setting up of new administrative units with the historical  land  reforms done by the Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah in 1948.

“It looks that these people are devoid of historical facts and are comparing the incomparable. The creation of administrative units is simply an administrative action, where as the Land to the tiller is an historical achievement, whereby the tillers were empowered and property rights were bestowed to the rightful owners without any compensation. This land reform done by Sheri Kashmir is unparalled in history till date,” a statement issued by ANC said.

ANC Sr. Vice President Muzzafar Shah said that the economists of the time were speechless as to how Sheikh managed an exercise of  this magnitude without even a drop of blood being shed. “Land reforms anywhere in the world or done by India or Pakistan stand nowhere before it, while the leaders of the then Soviet Union sent experts to Jammu and Kashmir at that time to study this model of land reforms for implementation in their country.” 

The ANC statement said that any comparisons were nothing but contempt to the biggest achievement of Sheri Kashmir’s life.”

“The JKANC strongly feels that creation of these administrative units is another Himalayan blunder & a burden on the already bankrupt financial status of the state. No sane person can understand how a government with Hospitals without doctors, employees without wages, upgraded schools without teachers, Contractors without unpaid bills, 6lacs qualified unemployed youth  languishing for livelihood, will bear the cost of these administrative units running into thousands of Crores per annum. It is a non starter,” he said.

“Both the coalition partners are playing cheap vote bank politics in their hunger for remaining in power by further disintegrating the already unfortunate disintegrated society of Jammu and Kashmir by such actions.”

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