Hajin: With the official announcement of opening seventeen new colleges in Jammu and Kashmir, the residents of Hajin town in north Kashmir’s Bandipora and adjoining areas have pinned hopes on the government that this time they would not be let down. They said that the previous government deceived them by erecting a bogus sign board on a site for the degree college.
The locals said that the people were deceived by the politicians to win votes around the election time but the promise to establish a degree college was not fulfilled. “The sign board is now rotting at a local house. It was on public display at a piece of land,” says a local Fayaz Ahmad.
Sarfaraz Ahmad, another resident said that Hajin has a huge catchment area including villages of Shahgund, Madwan, Banyari, Hakabara and Mukdimyari where undergraduatre students are forced to go to distant places to pursue degrees.
“Establishing a college is our right. We are not begging for it as it is our requirement. We have protested for a month five years back when NC led government announced fresh colleges in the valley. We made committees, went to meet every officer and minster who gave us assurances but ultimately no college was established in our area,” he said.
Former speaker and incumbent legislator of Sonawari constituency Muhammad Akbar Lone had told the people that college was sanctioned to the area. “It was a ploy to win votes. No college was sanctioned by the National Conference-Congress government,” another local resident Mohammad Ramzan said.
He said that Lone made the announcement when he was holding the portfolio of education. However, this was not to be, he said.
Sonawari PDP leader and MLC Yasir Reshi told Kashmir Reader that Hajin must be given prefence when the allotment of new colleges to various areas is finalised.
He said that the people of Hajin and adjoining areas are hurt by the continued deceit from the rulers that be. “WE hope that this time people’s aspirations are fulw