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Ahead of Durbar Move, Kashmir reverberates with Govt activities, Jammu waits as usual
10/29/2020 12:05:08 AM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Oct 28: In a bid to revive business and sporting activities, the Jammu and Kashmir government is holding mega events but mainly in the valley while the Jammu region, which is actually bracing up to greet Durbar continues to wait “as usual.”
From holding Autumn festivals to webinars for tourism promotion to buyer seller meets to special village festivals and sporting events even for the physically challenged, Kashmir is on the track for the unlock of the Covid19.
Official documents reveal that the government has started major activities in Kashmir province with the Advisors and the senior officials being busy attending such events from south to north of the valley.
As per the official documents, on October 17, the Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, inaugurated a two-day Autumn festival in Pahalgam where a golf tournament was also held.
As per the official documents the festival was organised by the Department in collaboration with J&K Golf Association, JKTDC, PDA and district administration of Anantnag.
The Autumn festival is part of the promotional campaign launched by the Department recently after the COVID-19 restrictions were withdrawn and SOPs were relaxed.
On October 18, Principal Secretary, Horticulture Department, Navin Kumar Choudhary, inaugurated a Buyer- Seller meet-cum-Horticulture Mela organized by the Department of Horticulture Kashmir on the pattern of Sunday market in the premises of Directorate of Horticulture Rajbagh Srinagar.
Recently in central Kashmir, “in a unique initiative”, a tournament for specially-abled and paralytic youth representing district Srinagar, Budgam and Anantnag was inaugurated by District Information Officer Budgam in presence of huge gathering of spectators.
In north Kashmir , on October 13, a 5 day Cocoon market was organized by Sericulture Department, Kupwara.
As many as 547 cocoon growers from Langate, Kupwara, Handwara, Karnah and Lolab areas of the district participated in auction market.
This is apart from the series of sporting events being held by Jammu and Kashmir Police in every district of Kashmir province.
Observers said the recent developments show that the government focus was on Kashmir while Jammu seems to be on backburner.
“The abrogation of special status was expected to end decades of discrimination with Jammu but it continues to be the same old story, where Jammu and has to wait even for its due share,” said a senior official on the condition of anonymity.
He said that holding such mega activities in Kashmir was not wrong but that similar events should also have been held in Jammu.
“Is Jammu not worth autumn festivals, buyer seller meets and sporting events the way such events are held in Kashmir?” asked the bureaucrat who hails from Kashmir.
When contacted a senior official while refuting the allegations said such events were also being held in Jammu but he couldn’t share any details to prove his point.
Meanwhile the stakeholders from Jammu have appealed Raj Bhawan to look into the matter so that the “decades of discrimination comes to an end.”
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