Protests continue over new administrative units

SRINAGAR: Protests triggered by the creation of new administrative units continued across Kashmir  Wednesday, amid shutdown at some places . 

Protesters demanding district status for Awantipora disrupted traffic on Srinagar Jammu Highway near Awantipore. 

Amid shutdown, residents of Awantipora and its adjoining areas came on roads and blocked traffic for hours. The protestors alleged that the government ignored the demands of the people of the area.

Scores of hamlets from Kulgam town including Muhammadpora, Khee, Jogipora, Bon Khandipora, Peth Khandipora, Ganosergam, VB Pora, Batpora, Souch, Chancer, Hadigam, Bumbrath, Kachohallan, Arreh, Padderpora, Nillow, Awhatoo, Odura, Akipora, Sehpora, Dederkoot, Nowpora, Shoganpora, Gundbal and Kotibrari also observed complete shutdown and alleged that government intentionally neglected Muhammadpora and deprived it from block status. Some residents of the village registered their protest in Press Enclave Srinagar. 

“Our village has at least 16,000 population while adjoining areas comprise of all but 30,000 people.     Mushtaq Ganaie Committee promised us that our village will be given tehsil and block status but unfortunately, our village did not figure in the list,” the Sarpanch of Muhammadpora said.

Residents of Nehhama Kulgam wrapped shroud around them and raised anti-government slogans for not granting tehsil status to their area.

Residents of Krimshora Budgam also staged a protest in Press Enclave Srinagar and alleged that government deprived Krimshora in a planned manner to appease some political leaders. The protest was led by ANC leader Abdul Gani Naseem who told reporters that if Krimshora is not given tehsil and block status, residents will start a massive agitation in the area.

Protests in favour of granting block and tehsil status were also reported from Achan, Adoora, Alaiepora, Haji Darpora, Bhatnor and Gadbough in Pulwama district. A complete shutdown was observed and protest demonstrations were held at Drabgam, Shadimarg, Lassipora Pulwama, Awantipora, Lurgan, Kapran Shopian, Wasoora, Tahab, Achan, Adoora, Alaiepora, Haji Dorpora, Bhatnar, Gadbogh, Lolab in Kupwara, Seer Hamadan in Anantnag and dozens of other areas in support of creating of new administrative units.

The protestors alleged that government has ignored the Ganai Committee recommendations and these administrative units were crated on political motivated decisions. 

People of Shadimarg, which is already a Niabat, also protested against the government for ignoring their area. In district Anantnag, protests were held in Shangas, Nowgam, Achabal, and Seer Hamdan against the government for not fulfilling their demands.

Amid complete shutdown in Shangas, people staged protests against government for not granting sub-division status to the area.

Implementation impossible:Yasin

Chairman Peoples Democratic Front Hakim Muhammad Yasin Wednesday said that the government in no way can implement the recommendations made by Cabinet Sub Committee regarding the creation of administrative units. He said that it was a political stint aimed to gain votes in coming parliament and assembly elections.

“State is facing severe financial crunch and it is dead impossible for government to create new administrative units,” Yasin said adding that any government that will be formed after coming elections will feel the heat of the decision.

“There is no salary for employees and daily-wagers. There are no funds for roads and even government is unable to allocate funds for repairing power transformers. Where were government will get huge sums to create these units,” he said.

He alleged that the present government took this decision on political basis and for sake of votes it created a wedge between villages of Kashmir. “Whosoever will be the next Chief Minister of the State, he will feel the heat of the present decision of the government,” he said adding that it is not a historical decision as is claimed by few politicians. 

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