Dogra Sadar Sabha reviews scenario, demands restoration of statehood

JAMMU: The Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS) held a special meeting of its central working committee, here, under the chairmanship of DSS president Th Gulchain Singh Charak and reviewed the one year functioning of the Union Territory Government in light of the public aspirations and the Government deliverance on various issues.

The DSS members opined that during post Article 370 era, connect between the Government and people at grass root level was missing. “Wide gaps prevailed between the assurances and implementation, public aspirations and Government deliverance probably because the old and new bureaucratic cultures remained at cross purposes,” they added

They pointed out glaring examples of the see-saw orders concerning appointments in J&K Bank, denial of reservation of ex-servicemen quota in appointments, confusion over domicile related orders and finally its pathetic people unfriendly implementation, faux pas on appointing Chairman of the Public Service Commission, proposal of packing up DD Jammu against popular pending demand of a full time Duggar Channel, proper functioning of the Radio Station Jammu etc. “The onslaught of Toll Plazas in Jammu region and non availability of 4G internet in the UT have increased the sufferings of the people financially as well as denial of opportunities to the youth in the ongoing COVID-19 environment,” they added.

With these observations, the DSS demanded restoration of statehood to the erstwhile State of J&K, as promised by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Various other safeguards for ensuring the regional and cultural identity of locals, land, culture and heritage of the State subjects are required to be taken. The DSS also demanded initiation of the census followed by the delimitation to set in motion the much needed political process.

Those present in the meeting, included Prem Sagar Gupta, Col Karan Singh Jamwal, Brig M S Jamwal, Col Dr Virendra Sahi, Gambhir Dev Singh Charak, G A Khawaja, Amanat Ali Shah, S Balwinder Singh, S Kulbir Singh, Chhankar Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Ch Kamal Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Chhajju Singh Jamwal, O P Sangra, Rajinder Gupta, Raghubir Singh, Balbir Singh, Romesh Singh, Prem Paul Singh, Shanker Chand, Amrik Singh, Ashwani, Avneet Sharma and Narender Chib.