Sajad Lone calls for separate division status for Chenab, Pir Panjal regions

Srinagar: While welcoming the Governor administration’s decision to grant the status of Division for Ladakh region, Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Lone said that Pir Panchal and Chenab Valley should also be granted the same to bring government and administration closer to its people.

“Welcome the creation of separate division for Ladakh. Puts an end to their miseries. Equally important is the demand for separate divisions for Pir Panchal and Chenab. Smaller divisions will improve governance. And it will be a great relief for the inhabitants,” Sajad Lone said in a statement.

Abdul Gani Vakil, who recently joined PC, said that smaller divisions will mean improved access to the local administration, where people will have their voice heard when the need be.

“Considering the distance factor between the three regions of J&K, it is important to create micro administrative divisions to be able to deliver governance at peoples’ door step. Peoples Conference advocates granting of division status to Pir Panchal and Chenab Valley as closer access to government has been their long pending demand”, he added.

Reacting on NC Vice President Omar Abdullah’s statement that his party will grant division status to Chenab and Pir Panjal region, Vakil said that Farooq and Omar Abdullah are nervous after sensing the mood of the people is for change.

He added that the promise to grant division status to Pir Panchal and Chenab Valley is pre-election rhetoric aimed at whipping up and exploiting sentiments ahead of the elections.

“NC has always sold hollow dreams and false promises and that it has been their tried & tested strategy to whip up passions by exploiting religious & regional sentiments before elections and conveniently forget their rhetoric and slogans after grabbing power. The NC came to power in 1996 with the promise to bring regional autonomy. Sheikh Abdullah had earlier promised Rai Shumari. Instead we got PSA and Ikhwan in return for votes NC sought on sentiments & aspirations,” he said.

Earlier, PDP said that if divisional status not given to Pir Panjal, locals can also think of ‘undemocratic ways to get demand fulfilled’.

On Friday, Jammu and Kashmir government approved for the creation of a separate division for Ladakh as a revenue and administrative division, ahead of the 2019 general elections in the region.

The development occured after the two districts- Leh and Kargil- had consistently demanded for the same. Approval of the posts of Divisional Commissioner (Ladakh) and Inspector General of Police (Ladakh) have also been carried out. The new division will have its headquarters in Leh.

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