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  • JKNPP protests outside Parliament seeking Dissolution of Assembly 

NEW DELHI: Concerned over the reports of horse trading besides other unethical practices in govt formation in the state, a battalion a NPP activists led by Mr. Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP, Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia State President JKNPP and Mr. Yash Paul Kundal State President Young Panthers held a massive protest demonstration near Parliament House in New Delhi today seeking immediate dissolution of J&K Assembly. The enraged protestors shouting slogans against the central govt and BJP took out a protest march from NDMC Chowk, Sansad Marg towards parliament but were stopped by the parliament street police station by putting barricades on the road and restrained from proceeding further. The agitated NPP workers amid thundering slogans invited the attention of president of India towards wrongful prolongation of suspended Assembly and the resultant reports of horse trading and sought immediate dissolution of J&K House.

Referring to the political impasse created in the state in the wake of suspension of Assembly pursuant to breakdown of BJP-PDP govt, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh expressed concern over the reported attempts of various political parties wooing the rival legislators in a bid to form govt by hook or crook. There were reports of floor crossing amidst allurements and enticements held out to legislators of other parties, he said. The panic stricken political parties were trying hard to keep their flock together and to rescue their members from falling prey to the enchantments and charms of the opponents, said Singh.

Accusing the BJP in particular of trying to engineer defections in other parties through support of central agencies, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh said that such bizarre machinations  did not auger well for the state and could result in further alienation. And while BJP was trying to break other parties, some of its own members were in touch with congress as per authentic sources, he said. These opportunist MLAs included those who had jettisoned congress on the eve of previous elections to bask in the reflected glory of Narendra Modi at the said time but had now realized that BJP was a sinking ship and were desperate to abandon it, divulged Mr. Singh.

Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia, while maintaining that suspension of Assembly was supposed to be a transitory period under the constitution in which the Governor has to decide its fate, said that its prolongation was violative of law besides prevalent practices and precedents. If no political party or combination of parties was in a position to form the govt, the only option was to dissolve the Assembly so as to prevent defections, horse trading and unfair means in the formation of the govt, said Mankotia. He said that with almost all political parties except BJP having conveyed their unwillingness to form govt and the reports of defections and unethical practices doing rounds each day, the dissolution of Assembly was inevitable and required immediate attention of the Governor and president of India.

Mr. Yash Paul Kundal said that with BJP known for its manipulative skills and Machiavellian strategies of forming govts through unethical means, the political parties in state had become jittery and rather panicky which was not good for a sensitive state like J&K. He appealed for the indulgence of the President of India so that all speculations were set at rest and the dissolution of suspended assembly ensured at the earliest. Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Rajesh Padgotra, Romesh Khajuria, Mohinder Singh, Arun Khajuria, Vishav Singh, Anil Rakwal, Raman Dogra, Surjit Singh, Dildar H.Beig besides others.

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SRINAGAR: A 5 member delegation led by Sh. Manjinder Singh Sirsa, MLA Delhi Legislative Assembly, met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan today. The delegation apprised Governor about the hardships being faced by the Sikh community in J&K, particularly by the migrated Sikh families from Pak Occupied J&K (POJK). They demanded grant of minority status to the Sikhs; implementation of “Anand Marriage Act” for marriage registration of Sikhs;  relief package for Sikhs displaced from POJK and  those affected due to militancy in the Valley; reservation for displaced Sikhs families in Govt. jobs, school and college admissions; employment packages for the Sikhs; updating registration list of displaced Sikh families; reservation of seats in Legislative Assembly; provision of housing colonies for DPs; renaming Sikh Displaced Persons as ‘Sikh Migrants’ and one time settlement of DPs as per compensation package calculated on the guidelines of Joint Parliamentary Committee of Home Affairs’ Report No. 183. The delegation also expressed grave concern over the attempted forceful conversion of a Sikh girl studying in IUST, Awantipora. Governor assured the delegation that the issues raised by them would receive due consideration.

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NEW DELHI: The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had interaction with Field and State Level Officers implementing Border Area Development Programme (BADP), here today. During the interaction, relevant issues regarding implementation of BADP and to make it more effective were discussed in detail. Rajnath Singh stressed that the border population is strategic asset to the country and important element to maintain border security.

He emphasised that all out efforts must be made to improve social and economic infrastructure to ensure that these people continue to live in border villages. He mentioned that the government accords utmost priority to social and economic well-being of border population and to provide them all facilities like connectivity, safe drinking water, schools, hospitals and other facilities to ensure sustainable living in these areas. He assured Centre's continued assistance to States to strengthen infrastructure and development activities under the BADP.

The outlay under this Programme has been increased to Rs. 1,100 crore in 2017-18 from Rs. 990 crore in 2015-16. For comprehensive and all-round development of border villages, it has been decided to develop 61 model villages for which Rs. 126 crores have been released to the State Governments. Additional funds will also be made available as per requirement. Each model village will provide all basic facilities like primary health centre, primary education, community centre, connectivity, drainage, drinking water, etc. to enable sustainable living in border areas.

On the occasion, Rajnath Singh launched BADP Online Management System for better planning, monitoring and implementation of various projects under BADP. Border States can submit their respective Annual Action Plans online and receive approvals from Ministry of Home Affairs in electronic mode which will bring in transparency in the sanction process and improve quality of planning and implementation.

BADP covers 111 border districts in 17 States to meet special development needs of border population with focus on people living within 50 kilometers of the International Border. A total of Rs. 13,400 crore has been released since the programme was initiated in 1986-87.

Senior officers from all 17 States and District Magistrates from 25 border districts attended the programme. Presentations were given by State Governments of Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal highlighting major achievements under the BADP and steps taken by the State Governments to improve quality of life for border population. Rajnath Singh also interacted with around 25 District Magistrates who spoke about the specific issues relevant to their districts.

During the interaction, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, MoS (Home), Kiren Rijiju, MoS (Home), Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Special Secretary (Border Management), B.R. Sharma were also present.