HP against withdrawal of central forces from Kashmir



Dharamsala: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Wednesday asked the Centre not to withdraw central security security forces from Chmaba-Jammu and Kashmir border.

"There is a move to withdraw the forces deployed on the border of Chamba district of Himachal adjoining Jammu and Kashmir and I am writing to the Home Minister that the forces should not be withdrawn from the state until peace is restored permanently.

"Ours is a peaceful state but there is disturbance on the other side and we hope there will be peace in J and K also in the coming days", he told mediapersons here.

Referring to revival of State Administrative Tribunal abolished by the previous BJP government, Singh said both the options of reviving the tribunal or to continue with the present system are available and any decision in this regard would be taken after consulting the employees.

Asserting that the Congress government was committed to formulating a policy for Primary Assistant Teachers (PAT) and PTA (Parent Teacher Association) teachers, Singh said it was strange that "BJP is now claiming that it had already formed a policy for PAT".

Singh accused the previous BJP government of playing petty politics on the issue of "campus for Central University at Dharmsala" and said the union government has sanctioned the central university for Dharamsala and an IIT for Mandi in 2007 when he was in power.

However, after coming to power, the BJP government divided the campus of Central University into two places--one near Dharamsala and another at Dehra, separated by a distance of over 45 kilometres.

The campus was taken to Dehra because it was a part of Hamirpur Lok Sabha constituency represented by former chief minister's son Anurag Thakur, which reflected the "petty mindset of BJP leaders", Singh said alleging the party always played divisive policies, based on constituency, region, caste and creed.

Virbhadra Singh said Congress government cannot demolish the construction already done at the two campuses of the Central University, "But we will definitely see that more construction is done on one campus depending on availability of land".

He said the government would take action against the officers who did not work as public servants but behaved as if they are "personal servants of the former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal".

"Such officers, who were instrumental in fabricating cases against political opponents of Dhumal in the previous regime, have already been identified", he said.

PTI