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Doda - Kishtwar road becomes dead trap for commuters, requires special attention of Govt: Manjit Singh
Urges Govt to employ local youth in power projects, upgrade health, educational infrastructure and road connectivity in far -flung areas
Kishtwar,September 21 (Scoop News)-Apni Party Provincial President, Jammu and Former Minister, S. Manjit Singh Wednesday expressed serious concern over the pathetic condition of Kishtwar-Doda road as it has become a death trap for the commuters.
Addressing a public meeting in Kishtwar District, S. Manjit Singh congratulated the Apni Party leaders and workers for organizing a successful programme and appreciated them for their ground work among the people of this Region who remained neglected for decades despite having ministers from Kishtwar in previous Govts.
“I am shocked at the worst condition of Kishtwar-Doda connectivity which may become the cause of major road accidents. The Govt should seriously speed up work on the Kishtwar-Doda road. It was beyond expectation that the strategically important road which connects one region with another is in such a shabby condition,” he said while recalling his journey on the road.
He said that far flung areas and villages are among the worst hit with regard to poor road connectivity and even many of the remote villages are without all weather roads which often leads to problems during the winter season when the people need the help from the administration most.
“The Congress Party, BJP and NC mainly represented Kishtwar in the erstwhile legislative assembly and it appears that they were hardly concerned about the infrastructural development. The health and education system is already on ventilator and the people have to rush to Jammu or Srinagar for education as well as for medical treatment,” he said.
He questioned the District Hospital and other PHCs across Kishtwar which act as referral hospitals instead of providing best treatment in their institutions.
“The maternity cases are referred to SMGS Jammu even as they can be handled in the District Hospital in Kishtwar. The locals have complained about the non-availability of the specialized doctors and requirement of some high-tech medical equipment. However, the political representative of the traditional political parties hardly speaks on these issues of public concern,” he said.
He said that the unemployment in Kishtwar is also on rise with no scope for the local qualified / skilled and unskilled youth to get employment in the power projects and developmental activities.
“The contractors engage the non-local residents in Kishtwar which has triggered anger among the local youth but the politicians have become mute spectators. The BJP is playing its card in providing employment to the locals in the projects and we strongly condemn the partial approach of the national political party,” he said.
He said that the compensation and rehabilitation of the remote village Hunzar in Dacchan and Padder area of the Kishtwar District who have lost their agricultural fields, and residential houses. The Govt should provide them adequate compensation at par with the market value, he demanded.
He said that the people in Padder, Marwah, Dacchan, Warwan and other areas of Kishtwar are among the neglected places which can be promoted in the tourism sector but the Govt has done nothing.
He said that the Sinthal Top Mountain Pass should be developed on the basis of attracting tourism from across J&K and the country as it would open new avenues for employment in the tourism sector.
“Hotels should be opened and the snow removing equipment should be deployed during the winter season so that the road Sinthan Top and other adjoining areas be made operational even during heavy snowfall. These areas should be promoted at the national level but there is a requirement for infrastructure,” he added.
On reaching Kishtwar last evening, the Provincial President Jammu, S. Manjit Singh with other leaders from Jammu was accorded a warm welcome by the Party leaders Apni Party leaders led by Provincial Secretary Aslam Malik and District President Kishtwar, Mohinder Parihar.
Meanwhile, a motorbike rally was also organized under the leadership of Provincial Vice President Youth Wing Omar Mingnoo to welcome Apni Party leaders in Kishtwar.
Prominent among those who were present in the meeting include Provincial Vice President Ex-MLA Faqir Nath, Provincial Secretary Aslam Malik, Provincial Secretary Dr Rohit Gupta, District President Kishtwar Mohinder Parihar, J&K President ST Wing Saleem Alam Choudhary, State SC Wing Coordinator, Bodh Raj Bhagat, Provincial President Youth Wing Vipul Bali, Additional Spokesperson, Umar Malik, Provincial Vice President Youth, Omar Mingnoo, other team members i.e., Jaffar Hussain, Nasser Ahmed Khan, Masoor Mattoo, Sajjad Dev, Shahid Hussain, Choudhary Mohammed Ali, Aamir Nadeem, Waseem Maker, Mohammed Yousaf, and others.
Earlier various deputations of people called on S. Manjit Singh and they projected their demands with regard to the development, employment, road connectivity, health, education, and electricity and other issues.
On hearing their issues, Manjit Singh assured that their demands would be highlighted before the respective authorities for the redressal of the issues at the earliest.



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