|EARLY TIMES REPORT |
DODA, Dec 5: Various political leaders from the erstwhile Doda district have formed an organization and named it Chenab Valley Development Forum (CVDF) with an aim to fight for the local people aspirations.
The organization has announced its seven point agenda, including Divisional Status for the Chenab Valley, two additional Assembly Seats, one separate Parliament Constituency, Pahari Status, Statehood for J&K before elections, free electricity for the area and preservation of land that is being snatched from the poor public.
Addressing a press conference, the organization's spokesperson, Asgar Hussain Khanday, announced the names of its executive body members, which included Shamim Ahmed as President, Mansoor Ahmed and Iqbal Teli as Chief Organizers, Iqbal Teli as Coordinator, Asgar Hussain Khanday as Chief Spokesperson, Abdul Kabir as General Secretary, Ravinder Sharma as Secretary. Besides this, the executive members include Sarshad Natnoo, Mohd Rafi Sheikh, Satish Kotwal, Suraj Parihar, Mushtaq Ahmed, Imtiaz Ahmed, Bilal Ahmed, Dewan Chand, Ishtiak Naik and various others. Khanday said, "The main motive of creating this forum is the development of the Chenab region, which has been neglected for decades, and we are not united here under the banner of any political party. We are here for our people."
He further said, "Our seven primary demands are: separate division for Chenab, two assembly seats, one parliament seat, Pahari Status, statehood for J&K before elections, free electricity for the Chenab valley as this region is used as a great resource for generating electricity, and most importantly, the land of poor people, which is being grabbed by the government, should be given back as they can't build factories on the hills."
"Poor people have been living for 100 years and now suddenly the government is snatching their land from them, which is not good at all and we urge the government to stop land grabbing from the poor public," he added.