New Delhi: The Panthers Party leadership looking after Jammu Districts as Advisors interacted with the District Presidents in the respective areas regarding the immediate problem they have been facing since the imposition of Lockdown in the whole country by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. Ms. Anita Thakur, General Secretary-JKNPP and Incharge of two districts, Rajouri and Poonch which fall on the control line (LoC) talked to the Presidents of Poonch & Rajouri namely Mr. Ashfaq Rana & Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Choudhary respectively. Mr. Ashfaq Rana expressed grave concern on the shortage of ration, medicines and continued firing from across the LoC. He also told NPP Supremo that nearly 2000 labourers who had gone for work outside the State (J&K) have caused a grave concern about their welfare and he said that the parents of these boys are pressing us to ask Prime Minister for their immediate return home. This is highly urgent issue which deserves attention of the Prime Minister.
The District President of Rajouri District, Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Choudhary told Panthers Party leader that the Rajouri District in very poor and ration shops has no ration. The Govt. has not supplied any free ration to the poor and needy people in Rajouri District. He said that ration shops are without ration and dispensaries have neither a doctor nor any medicines for the people. He said that electricity is provided only for a few hours and the District Administration also seems to be in a desperate situation.
Ch. Mohd. Iqbal, Vice President-JKNPP spoke to three district Presidents in the old Doda District. He conveyed to Prof. Bhim Singh that the main problem in three districts is that there is no ration available to the local residents. The District President Kishtwar, Mr. Rehmat Choudhary gave a horrifying picture of the backward areas in Kishtwar District. He said that the local residents in Padder area which is nearly 40-kms from Kishtwar and Shatru area adjoining Anantnag District in the Valley is horrible. Padder is adjoining Kargil and Ladakh is facing difficult times. The local administration have not reached that area and the people have no ration, no medicines and no medical care. Padder which remained the Training Centre of General Zorawar Singh in 1842 when he crossed this area to Kargil and Ladakh by 1842. General Zorawar Singh was first Dogra General who annexed Ladakh region with Jammu by 1842. This area remains totally neglected as if the local administration under Shri Girish Chandra Murmu. The residents of Shatru and Paddar, it appears, as if living in the Stone Age. The new system has not given any relief to this area of Kishtwar District.
The District President of Doda District, Mr. Imtiyaz Ahmed spoke to Vice President, Mohd. Iqbal Choudhary and told in tears that Doda District is divided by River Chenab and the residents of both sides have no electricity, no ration shops, ration is not available even in the private shops as it is sold at very high price. The local poor people cannot move to any place. He said the Cattle have no feed or even water. He said all dispensaries are without doctors or medicines.
President of District Ramban, Adv. Karnail Singh gave a pathetic picture of the entire Ramban District through which National Highway runs about 100-kilometers from Patnitop to Banihal Tunnel. The local people on both sides of the River Chenab have no access to any Govt. Office or District Office. The District is without roads and the people have been living like cattle for the past 70 years since Jammu & Kashmir integrated with the Union of India by Maharaja Hari Singh. District President talked to Prof. Bhim Singh who is also locked in Jammu for the past 28 days. He said that he tried his best to move around in Jammu Province but could not do so because of the Lockdown. District President, Adv. Karnail Singh told that the situation of the people on both sides of Chenab River including Gool is beyond description. Gulam Mohd. Shan, Adv. an Member of the Working Committee of NPP expressed grave concern of the plight of the people residing on the South side of River Chenab in the Gool-Gulabgarh area. He told Prof. Bhim Singh that administration exist nowhere and people are in a miserable plight in Banihal and Jawahar Tunnel.
Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia, President-JKNPP told about situation in Udhampur and Kathua Districts which fall closed to Jammu District. The District President Udhampur, Mr. Sanjeet Sharma who is also a Chairman of Block Development Council told that urban areas provided with ration and electricity there is an acute shortage of ration in the rural areas of Udhampur District. He also informed that there is a grave shortage of medicines in the rural areas. He said that 5/6 area Udhampur District is in rural sectors and the villages have acute problem of ration and medicines as dispensaries are not working. There is only one District Hospital which cannot be approached by people living miles away from Udhampur and all the roads and communication is blocked for nearly a month.
District President, District Kathua, Mr. Robin Sharma informed Panthers Party Office Jammu that the ration shops are without any ration in the rural areas like Bani, Basholi, Billawar and others areas. There is acute shortage in the ration shops in the rural areas. He told NPP Headquarters that there are no medicines available in the dispensaries in the villages.
Mr. Shiv Charan Singh, State Secretary-JKNPP informed NPP Headquarters from Samba that rural areas in the District are facing shortage of medicines and ration. He added that the Samba District falls on the International Border adjoining Pakistan. The Samba District Border people as well as those residing in the adjoining areas of Hiranagar have been facing firing from across border by Pakistan. The people in the border areas have to vacate their houses once in a month.
About Reasi District, State Secretary, Mr. Balwan Singh resident of Ghar Jeeto Reasi District informed that Reasi District is one of the most neglected areas by the Government. There are, he told NPP Supremo that the condition of 1999 migrants bagged in Talwara, Reasi have remained totally neglected inspite of the direction/judgement of the Supreme Court of India to provide them all facilities/privileges at par with all Kashmiri Migrants. Migrants in Talwara, Reasi have not been provided ration/privileges/jobs at par with the Kashmiri Migrants residing in Jammu. The residents of rural areas in Reasi District particularly Arnas, Mahore, Budhal, Gool-Gulabgarh, Chasana and other living on the both sides of River Chenab have remained totally neglected. Except residents of Reasi Town in District Reasi, have not been supplied any extra ration, medicines and the Schools have remained closed since 5th August, 2019. The District Authorities did not care for the 95% population residing in the rural areas of Reasi. Reasi reminds about its history when General Zorawra Singh built fort of Reasi in 1836 on his way to Kishtwar. Reasi has also a great history of Dogras as third Maharaja Partap Singh was born in Reasi. His birth piece of land has been converted into a Tehsil Office.
The District Jammu President, Mr. Surinder Chouhan expressed shock that Prime Minister’s promises with the people of J&K have not been fulfilled as no ration is available no free ration has been supplied. Prime Minister had promised three months free ration which is a lie. Prime Minister also promised Rs. 2000 per month to the poor families which has not been done. He informed NPP Supremo that school going children have not visited their schools for 3 months. Mr. Chouhan said that Govt. has not fulfilled promised to provide online school lessons to the children while schools are closed that has not been done. He informed that there is no doctor or any responsible person in the hospitals in Jammu itself to attend the routine patients even as patients are told that doctors have gone on duty to attend Coronavirus patients.