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Kashmir rife with unemployment, misgovernance, and administrative inertia: Sagar

Says disenchantment among youth most disturbing of all casualties due to widespread unaccountability

Srinagar, Feb 06: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Saturday expressed dismay over back-sliding of governance in Jammu and Kashmir saying that the incumbent government has turned blind eye to the suffering of people.

Kashmir is looking for good governance, development activities and post COVID-19 recovery plan in the sectors of health, education and social welfare, but the incumbent administration is clueless about the issues concerning the people said the Party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar while interacting with the  party leaders here at party headquarters Nawa e Subha, Sringar.  Sagar also interacted with the scores of delegations who had called on him here at party headquarters from different parts of kashmir.The visiting delegations apprised the General Secretary about the widespread unemployment, administrative inertia and development deficit in their respective areas.

Among others Senior Party Leaders Shameema Firdous, Irfan Ahmed Shah, Dr Sajad Shafi Uri, Showkat Ahmed Mir and Peer Afaq were also present in the meeting.

Interacting with the party functionaries Party General Secretary said the democratic system which was ushered in Jammu and Kashmir by Sher-e-Kashmir has been derailed by the brush of authoritarianism on 5th of August 2019.

“Unfortunately, the youth of Jammu and Kashmir has in particular been at the receiving end of it. Unilateral and undemocratic rescinding of our constitutionally guaranteed status, disenfranchising natives from exclusive rights over land and jobs, and the smear campaign against them on media has buried their dreams; they see no light at the end of the tunnel. The dream which was sold to our youth while during the run up to august 5 measures has not materialized yet.

Lakhs of local educated youth continue to suffer on account of shrinking opportunities, the absence of a viable employment package and incentivization of tourism, handicraft sectors has further aggravated their plight. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the future of our youth across Jammu and Kashmir has been the biggest causality of august 5th policy 2019 policy of ruling BJP. The absence of any viable private sector compounded the woes of our unemployed youth,” he said.

 Compounding the predicaments of educated local youth is the dysfunctional government and its lackluster attitude towards issues concerning the people, Sagar said.

He said the unstable political situation coupled with the widespread administrative inertia, and development deficit has heralded death to the aspirations of our youth, most of whom he said have turned to substance abuse and drug addiction. “If the crisis is left unattended by the GOI, the situation will morph into a catastrophic one pushing the already aggravated youth to wall,” he said.

On the occasion the party leaders also raised the issue of failure of district and divisional administration in coping up with the snowfall aftermath. In addition to that the issue of paucity of electricity, water and widespread unaccountability in healthcare centers across Kashmir also predominated the interaction on the occasion.

The party General Secretary urged the provincial and district level functionaries to perk up their public contact at Halqas, Zone, and Provincial levels.

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Grenade lobbed on police party in Rafiabad

(Asian News Hub) – Suspected militants on Wednesday hurled a grenade towards police party at Drusoo area of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. However, no loss of life or injury was reported, officials said.

Officials told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that suspected militants lobbed grenade towards police party, which exploded some metres away from them.

However, no damage was reported in the incident while search has been launched to nab the attackers.


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Kishtwar Cloud Burst: Heavy rain halts rescue operation, 21 houses among 42 Structures damaged

(Asian News Hub) – Heavy rains have halted rescue operation following cloud burst in Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar district, officials said on Wednesday afternoon.

So far bodies of seven people have been recovered, while 17 persons were rescued in injured condition and five of them have been shifted to Kishtwar hospital, police said.

Sixteen persons are still said to be missing and operation to trace them has been halted due to heavy rain in the area, the officials told GNS.

“Bodies of seven persons have been recovered while 17 persons have been rescued in injured condition so far in Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar district,” police said.

As scale of devastation due to cloud burst unravels, Police said that 21 residential houses were damaged, two of the partially, along with 21 cowsheds.

Earlier police had said that six houses and one Ration depot was damaged in the cloudburst which took place during the last night.

“Rescue operation halted right now due to heavy rain,” the police said in a tweet.


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Violence was never part of Kashmiriyat: President Kovind

‘Democracy has a capacity to reconcile all differences to bring out best for citizens’

(Asian News Hub) – The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday said that violence was never part of Kashmiriyat but has become a da1sily reality now.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Kovind in his address at Sher-I-Kashmir-International Convention Centre (SKICC) during the 19th convocation of University of Kashmir (KU) said, “Violence which was never part of Kashmiriyat but has become a daily reality now.”

He said, “It was most unfortunate that the outstanding tradition of peaceful coexistence was broken but now, there is a new beginning to regain this lands lost glory.”

In the meantime, Kovind congratulated the young students of the KU who are being conferred with the respected degrees in this convocation.

“I have been told that nearly three lakh students are receiving degrees today and I am impressed by the number with more 2.5 lakh bachelors and more than one thousand doctorates, the university has made remarkable progress,” he said.

Kovind also said that the quest for learning and faith in knowledge among the students of Kashmir is really inspiring.

“Equally inspiring is the success of female students, just about half of the students who are receiving their degrees are Women and when it comes it gold medals, I was told that 70 percent of the winners are women,” he said.

Kovind said, “It is not only a matter of satisfaction but also pride for all of us that our daughters are ready to perform at same level as our sons and sometimes even better.”

He said that building human resources and infrastructure was the stepping stones to the higher idea.

Kovind also said that he was told that the KU has the distinction of being one of few in India with a dedicated centre for inter disciplinary research and innovations that will encourage young scientists for various fellowships across varied disciplines.

“Above all, I am glad to know that KU has responded to the Pandemic in a most praised worthy manner,” he said.

Speaking about the aftermath of COVID-19, Kovind said, “The entire world has been facing a difficult times. The virus has affected all works of life and education is no exception.”

He added that “Fortunately, technology provided a solution. All school, Colleges and Universities across India has continued to provide education in the online mode. After the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, the KU immediately shifted the academic to online modules and made each resource available to its students.”

“Moreover, KU also supported the administration by providing quarantine facilities at its main, north and south campuses. It shows how the contribution of the university towards the society can go beyond imparting education,” he said.

Kovind said, “Democracy, I firmly believe, has within it a capacity to reconcile all differences and also a capacity to bring out the best of citizens’ potential. Kashmir, happily, is already realizing this vision.”

He further said, “The youth and the women especially have high stakes in it and I and sure that they will not let go of this opportunity to rebuild Kashmir.”

Kovind said that in September last year during the consultation of NEP, he had spoken about his dream.

“I wish to see Kashmir as paradise on earth. Kashmir is bound to acquire its rightful place as the crowning glory of India,” Kovind said.


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