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NITI Aayog report eye opener
11/29/2021 11:00:43 PM
A report submitted by NITI Aayog has revealed that Srinagar is the richest district in Jammu and Kashmir with only 1.51 percent underprivileged people. The same index for Jammu district stands at 6.97 percent.
The report vindicates the concern of Jammu people that they have always been ignored by the Kashmir centric regimes as they focused only on the Valley, especially Srinagar. Jammu is around five times poorer than Srinagar as per the MPI index. Srinagar has not become rich overnight but that previous regimes were focused more on it albeit at the cost of the interests and aspirations of the people of Jammu. After the revocation of J&K’s special status and its transition into a Union Territory, people of Jammu were hoping that the things will change and the government will ensure that era of discrimination with Jammu will end. But it has not ended. It seems that still the entire focus is on Kashmir and Jammu is facing the same treatment which it faced during the past seven decades.
The decisions that have been taken during the past two years have hurt the interests of Jammu people. Jammuties were not expecting that they would be treated so shabbily. It’s high time for the government to pay some attention towards Jammu. The NITI Aayog report is an eye opener; it indicates that Srinagar has always been a priority. Mindset of the helmsmen needs to change. They need to understand that Jammu has suffered due to the eccentric approach of Kashmir centric leaders. Voices from Jammu were always muzzled and the people were treated like second grade citizens.
The decision of the present dispensation to call off the 149-year old Darbar Move practice has also hurt the people of Jammu as the winter used to be a good business season for them. The decision to scrap the practice was taken without taking anyone from Jammu on board. After August 5, 2019—when the Centre announced its decision to abrogate J&K’s special status and divided it into two union territories—outsiders are calling the shots and have succeeded in bagging major contracts and projects. Locals are being ignored. Many Jammu businessmen are mulling to shift their base as they are finding it hard to carry on with their activities in Jammu region. The government needs to pay attention towards Jammu so that it’s brought at par with Srinagar.
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