|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Aug 7: A meeting of General Category Peoples' Welfare Forum Jammu (GCPF-J) was held today under the chairmanship of Raj Kumar Banathia, Chairman of the Forum.
Addressing the meeting Banathia stressed upon the Government of India to take legal and constitutional steps for the correction of discriminatory rules and laws, injustices pertaining General category peoples.
He demanded, 'Equal Rights and Equal Laws for All'. People must be provided equal opportunities and equal participation in every sphere of life, irrespective of their caste, class and religion and the concept of creamy layer in reservation be implemented to provide justice to the poor, needy and deserving people.
He said that rights to any particular community should not be denied or curtailed because of their forefathers deeds/addressing the meeting Yash Paul Sharma, President of the Forum, expressed concern over the continuation of Article 35-A, which was added through a cabinet note, without the proper consent of Parliament of India by Pt. Nehru's cabinet. Article 35-A has been challenged in Hon'ble Supreme Court of India. Article 35-A has no legal validity and could be deleted from-the constitution through a cabinet decision.
Sharma said that Article 35-A is discriminatory and is against the spirit of justice as it debars nonresidents and living residing in since 1947 from buying land or property. Mr. Sharma, strongly condemned people, issuing threats and supporting 35-A.
Som Nath Sharma, General Secretary of the Forum said that there is something fundamentally wrong with our political parties which bartered everything for the sake of votes and support illegal entry of Bangladeshis & Rohingyas into country.
He demanded, deportation of these illegal people to the native countries as they are threat to the unity & integrity of the nation.
V.K. Sharma, Vice-President of the Forum appealed to the Governor of J&K State to hike the medical allowance of the pensioners from Rs.300/- to Rs.3000/- p.m.
In the meeting, Bhushan Pargal, Deepak Khajuria, Vinay Kumar, Jagdish Dogra, Vivek Kumar, Kewal Krishan also expressed their views.