Omar govt biased towards Jammu region: JKNPP
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 18:14
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Wednesday alleged that the Omar Abdullah- led state government was biased towards Jammu and that even ministers based in the region were not raising their voice to end such regional discrimination.

"We castigate the hostile attitude of Omar Abdullah government and criminal silence of Jammu-based ministers to continued bias and discrimination towards Jammu province in all sectors," JKNPP Working Chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh told reporters here.

"The coalition government should mend their ways and ensure equitable treatment to all regions with an end to all instances of bias against Jammu region," he said.

He said that Jammu-based ministers made "exaggerated announcements and pronouncements" during elections but had "surrendered and succumbed to the wishes and dictates of their Kashmiri Masters".

The JKNPP MLA sought deployment of adequate National Youth Corps at the lakes of Mansar, Dalsar and Surinsar in Jammu region on the analogy of Dal Lake and Nagin Lake in Kashmir.

He alleged that though the Omar government doled out financial assistance for lakes in the Kashmir Valley, the lakes in Jammu have been given a raw deal.

While a financial package of Rs 1,100 crore was sanctioned for Dal Lake, only Rs 386 crore were provided for Wullar lake and Rs 2,500 crore for the conservation and beautification project for Jhelum river, while the Mansar lake, Dalsar lake and Surinsar lake had been totally ignored despite repeated assurances of the government, Singh said.

He also said that the River Tawi project in Jammu had been offered only pea-nuts as compared to the Rs 2,500 crore mega project for river Jhelum.


First Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 18:14

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