Plebiscite to UT status for Leh: String of demands made to all-party team

The all-party delegation was also told that the relief for 2014 floods had not been distributed properly since some received Rs 3,000, others Rs 5 lakh and still others no money at all.

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury | New Delhi | Updated: September 8, 2016 5:44 am
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From holding a plebiscite to decide the fate of Kashmiris to implementation of an autonomy resolution passed in 2000 by the J&K assembly, from discussions with separatists and Pakistan to fast-tracking delimitation of constituencies, from UT status for Leh to a permanent camp secretariat in Jammu.

These and other demands, made by political parties and organisations in memorandums during their meetings with the all-party delegation that visited Srinagar and Jammu on September 4-5, find mention in a Home Ministry ‘summary of issues raised’ for the follow-up meeting of the all-party delegation which was held Wednesday at Parliament House.

Delegations that met the all-party team flagged their concerns:

# Promises made by the state government have not been kept

# Implement the PDP-BJP agenda for alliance

# Hold elections to local bodies, allow West Pakistan refugees to participate

# Form SC/ST and minority commissions in the state

# Minority community leaders should be nominated as MLCs, Rajya Sabha MPs

# Package for Muslims — since many were killed in the 1990s — on the lines of the one for Kashmir Pandits

# Review AFSPA, reduce footprint of military and paramilitary forces in civilian areas

# Engage the media and regulate state government advertisements

# Check radicalisation in madrasas and mosques

# Investigate funding of Kashmir unrest, newly-built mosques

# Crack down on drug smuggling

# End infiltration from Pakistan, cross-border terrorism

# Grant protection and benefits to minorities in the state

# ST status for Paharis, minority status for Sikhs

# Implement relief and rehabilitation package for Kashmiri migrants

# Complete registration of migrants in various camps

# Investment by the Shrine Board in Jammu

# Government jobs for ex-servicemen of J&K

# Centre should resolve appointment of guides or scouts

# Corruption a major issue since public servants are not investigated

# Increase quality of education, open more higher secondary schools

# Youth exchange programmes between J&K and other states

# Take steps for industrialisation to increase private sector employment

The all-party delegation was also told that the relief for 2014 floods had not been distributed properly since some received Rs 3,000, others Rs 5 lakh and still others no money at all.

Stating that recommendations of the all-party delegation that visited the state in 2010 had still not been implemented, some of those who met the delegation urged for a review of implementation of the recommendations of the five working groups constituted by the state government, and for an all-party delegation visit to the Ladakh region.