AIIMS FOR KASHMIR: Rashid, KCSDS slam Jammu strike; doctors’ bodies threaten stir

Srinagar: Several Kashmiri politicians, trade organizations, medicos and civil society members Friday flayed Jammu-based politicians and other groups for observing strike against the establishment of AIIMS in the Valley.
In a statement, MLA Langate Engineer Rashid said, “This shows fascist biased attitude of Jammu based groups and their prejudiced mentality.”
He said that GoI had declared establishing of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for Jammu and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for Kashmir region, while Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) for Jammu was also announced few days earlier to this announcement. “If the argument of these anti-Kashmiri groups that AIIMS was to be established in Jammu, is true, may they explain then what central government had Kashmiris to offer.”
President DAK Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan, in a statement said that the strike call observed in Jammu division given by different associations was uncalled for.
“The Kashmir Valley is surrounded Himalayan mountains and is disconnected most of the times from rest of the world and poor patients of the state are not able to takeout serious patients out of valley during extreme weather conditions.”
He said that the Kashmir valley has a large population as compared to Jammu region and also people of Rajuri, Poonch and Leh Ladakh have easy asses to Kashmir. “So an AIIMS-pattern hospital is direly needed in this region of the state.”
He said that DAK has taken a serious note of these fringe elements who “are trying to divide the State on the regional and religious basis.”
Another faction of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) threatened valley-wide agitation if there is any change made to the proposed AIIMS at Kashmir.
DAK Chairman Dr G M Mir, in a statement, said that if government fails to establish the AIIMS in Kashmir as proposed, the doctors will come on roads and an unprecedented agitation will be started throughout the valley.
Contractual Doctors Association of Kashmir (CDAK) said that any plan of shifting the AIIMS from Kashmir to Jammu will have serious consequences. “Kashmir has witnessed a lot of step motherly treatment already and we have gone through a horrible turmoil in past few decades which has already brought our valley to a below-par level.”
The CDAK spokesman said that they will also launch an agitation if government takes any measure to shift the proposed AIIMS from Kashmir to Jammu.
Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) also deplored what they called as “agitational politics” of Jammu aimed at creating a “communal and regional wedge between Jammu and Kashmir.”
According to a statement , KCSDS held a meeting in which the members observed that Kashmiris have never opposed any facility or institution that has exclusively been given to Jammu like the recent case of grant of IIT in the previous year.