Civil Society Group Seeks Replacement Of ‘Partisan’ Guv

SRINAGAR — Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS)  has strongly reacted against Governor Satya Pal Malik’s “yet another fascist and communally motivated decision to grant three per cent reservation to the residents on  working boundary in the state.”

The civil society group called upon the  “President of India as well as GOI to replace the Governor Satya Pal Malik  instantly as his continued presence in office is a sure recipe to set the state on fire by promoting  regional disharmony,  communal strife and ethnic ill will,” according to a statement. 

“An emergency meeting of KCSDS was held to discuss the latest misadventure of the  gubernatorial administration affording 3% reservation to the residents of working boundaries at  par with those living in villages near LOC.”

 The members  observed that the decision to include people from Jammu, Kathua and Samba working boundaries with  socially backward villages near LOC in Poonch,  Rajouri, Baramulah, Kupwara, Kargil and Leh was only aimed at implementing the fascist and reactionary ideology of the present day rulers of India as no other developmental indices would warrant this flawed decision. It is to be asked whether the comparative developmental graph of specific villages of three districts of Jammu Division—Kathua, Samba and Jammu was  same as that of districts located on LOC, namely Poonch and Rajouri districts in Jammu,  Baramulla and Kupwara districts in Kashmir and Kargil and Leh in Ladakh region. A comparative study might show the obvious flaws in the decision as LOC districts are by all accounts far flung areas of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, largely deprived of fruits of development. Isn't it worth considering, whether people in other states living on international border, such as Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat enjoy reservations on the pattern provided to three districts of Jammu Division—Kathua, Samba and Jammu,  questioned KCSDS. 

KCSDS members observed  that  the areas adjoining the actual line of control had been specified vide SRO-394 of 5-09-1981 read with notification SRO-272 dated 3-7-1982 and SRO - 271 dated 22-08-1988 as amended from time to time. The decision had involved lot of exercise including collecting all empirical data and developmental indices regarding the backwardness of these villages. Such an exercise seems to be altogether missing in the latest decision of SAC which is nothing  to boost communal disparity.

KCSDS has appealed all political parties and civil society  of India to support the civil society of Kashmir in their demand for replacement of the Governor which is also in the interest of saving the structure of Indian constitution which is under constant attack at his hands. 

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