AJCSF decries barriers at Secretariat, mulls agitation
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: All Jammu Civil Society Forum (AJCSF) expressed concern over the barricades have been erected in front of Civil Secretariat, Jammu, causing hardships to people of Jammu. The Forum urged upon the government to remove these barricades failing which they will launch an agitation against the government.
A general body meeting of All Jammu Civil Society Forum (AJCSF) was held at the Dogra Sadar Sabha Bhawan here on Sunday in which Co-convener, Abdul Majid gave a review of activities during the month of October. He covered the visit by the strong 22 member AJCSF delegation to New Delhi and its deliberations with the Finance Minister, Arun Jaiteley, Defence Minister Manohar Parikar and MP Dr Karan Singh. All aspects of the J&K State, border areas, Kashmir unrest were discussed in detail.
He also apprised the meeting that he along with some members of the AJCSF visited Srinagar and established contacts with Hurriyat and other prominent leaders to coordinate a civil society joint meeting for establishing peace there. He was hopeful that such meetings may be held in future also when the situation improves.
Convener Th. Gulchain Singh Charak apprised the meeting that a core group of 19 members has been formed for day to day functioning. Covering details of New Delhi visit he said that what emerged as a crux of their projection was formation of the autonomous regional councils for Jammu, Kashmir and ladakh and functioning of both summer and winter secretariats simultaneously on permanent basis. The same views were endorsed by Dr Karan Singh and announced publically when he visited Jammu on Maharaja Gulab Singh Jayanti on 21st October, 2016. Charak along with the members of the delegation of AJCSF spelled out details of their meeting with the Dy Chief Minister, Nirmal Singh and brought out the point regarding the hardship faced by Jammu population due to blockade of road in front of Civil Secretariat was projected to him and also given in a memorandum, which was followed by a protest. He informed that another meeting is likely to be held shortly with the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Re-iterating their resolve they said that if their request of removing the barrier is not heeded then the AJCSF in conjunction with Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS) may launch a strong sustained agitation till the injustice to the peace loving Jammuites is not mitigated.
Members took strong exception to the delay in completion of various projects and wanted the RAPDRP scheme to be monitored for time bound completion.
All members also observed two minutes silence to pay homage to the departed souls of former Deputy Chief Minister, Mangat Ram Sharma, Indu Gupta wife of late O.P Gupta, Sadhaya Arora son of MLC Ramesh Arora (Advocate) and all the victims and soldiers who died in Pakistani firing.
The meeting was attended by G.A Khawaja D.C (Retd), Kuldip Wahi, Col. Dr. Virendra Sahi, Annil Suri , Yash Paul Gupta, Rajesh Gupta, Gambhir Dev Singh Charak, Amanat Ali Shah, S. Peter, Surinder Mahajan, T.S Reen, Kulbir Singh, G.S Slathia, K.L Bhagat, Dr K.K Sandotra, Chhatter Singh, Madan Rangila, Ravi Singh Slathia, N.D Rajwal, Parshotam Thapa, Prem Sagar Gupta, Janak Khajuria, Madan Lal Bhagat, Kamal Singh Co-Convener District Rajouri, Raghbir Chander Gupta, Om Parkash Gupta and Dinesh Maini.