Autonomy only way forward to settle JK: NC

Autonomy only way forward to settle JK: NC

JAMMU: Reiterating its stand on the autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference on Saturday described it as the “core of the party’s political agenda” and a way forward towards resolution of the political issue of the State.
In a resolution, adopted at an eight-hour long Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting, presided over by its President Dr Farooq Abdullah, the National Conference said the party’s stand on “this important agenda is loud and clear, as autonomy is imperative for upholding the political dignity and rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Chief spokesperson of the party said the CWC stressed the need for an uninterrupted dialogue between India and Pakistan, saying it is the only way forward towards restoration of sustained peace in the region.
“The sustained dialogue can open window for all the problems between India and Pakistan, including issue regarding Jammu and Kashmir,” the CWC resolved in another resolution, reiterating that un-interrupted dialogue process should continue in the larger interests of the people of both the countries.
In yet another resolution, the CWC reiterated its principled stand to uphold the pluralistic and secular ethos of Jammu and Kashmir, especially “since divisive forces were hell-bent on dividing the state on regional and religious lines”.
The party expressed grave concern over some recent incidents where in concerted efforts were made to polarize the state on communal and regional basis.
The chief spokesperson said the CWC expressed deep anguish over the Handwara incidents and sought judicial inquiry by a sitting High Court Judge into the entire episode.
“The victims should be adequately compensated and rehabilitated,” the CWC demanded, while expressing solidarity with all those who lost their dear ones in the incidents. It sought severe punishment to the guilty.
Referring to implementation of the anti-poor and anti-people National Food Security Act, the National Conference CWC took note of massive protests by people across the state against it and asked the Centre and the State Government to take note of it.
“The contradictory and confusing stand taken by the Coalition Government in this regard created confusion in minds of the people, which led to massive protests against NFSA,” the resolution said adding that the Act has caused hardships and sufferings to people across the state.
The CWC sought immediate rollback of the NFSA and sought provision of ration to ration card holders on old schedule of 35 kilograms on the Census of 2011.
It also pulled up the government of India and the state government for paltry relief to the flood victims.
“Notwithstanding Rs 44,000 crore package recommended by the previous government, only a trickle has come for the sufferers,” the resolution said.
In another resolution, the CWC expressed its deep sorrow over the demise of former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.

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