Srinagar, February 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) has strongly reacted against the dictatorial and unconstitutional powers assumed by the Governor by virtue of which he is destroying the remnants of democracy to set up new records of colonial occupation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The remarks came at an emergency meeting of the civil society members, which was held in Srinagar to deliberate upon the grant of divisional status to Ladakh and Kargil districts by the administration led by Governor.

Calling it yet another authoritarian major assault on the people’s collective will, the members questioned the authority of a non state-subject Governor assisted by a bunch of non state-subject ‘babus’ to take such a decision of far reaching implications.

The members said that the grant of separate divisional status to any area of the state including Ladakh comes under the powers and jurisdiction of only the genuine representatives of the territory who may take such decision after serious and sustained debate and discussion on available data of district developmental indices on three major indices of Agricultural Development Index (ADI), Social Development Index (SDI) and Economic Welfare Index.

The KCSDS members said they have all along been advocating for an equitable distribution of resources and structured schemes for equitable development at regional and district levels in the territory. “It is only because of the political interference and jugglery that J&K still witnesses inter and intra regional disparities in the equitable growth and development despite a foolproof institutionalised process and mechanism in place,” observed the members.

“Can the Governor and his selected advisors explain the logic and criteria behind almost all structured developmental projects under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s so-called package being set up only in 3 districts thereby ignoring all other 7 districts in the region,” the KCSDS said. “Why Jammu was topping the developmental index of all 22 districts of J&K while Poonch, Doda, Ramban, Kishtwar and Rajouri in the same region were on the tail end. KCSDS opposes such disparities even if these happen in Kashmir region also”.

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