By Aquib Wani
Madam Chief Minister, as a common citizen of Rajouri, I would like to inform your good self about the attempts being made at marginalization by using political and administrative influence in Pir Panjal’s Rajouri District.
On the 25th of January, 2018, while the Rajouri Administration was busy in finalizing arrangements for Republic Day program, the foundation stone of District Employment and Counseling Center which is to be constructed with an amount of Rs 2.80 crores was laid down by MLA, Darhal-Buddhal, Choudhary Zulafkar Ali who is also Minister of FCSA and Tribal Affairs in your cabinet at Kotdhara village, which is situated at a distance of 10-20 kilometres away from District Headquarters. On behalf of unemployed and educated youth of Rajouri, I would like to pose few questions to you as the Chief Minister of state and hope to get a response in this regard from you.
1.How is it possible for the unemployed and educated youth belonging to rural areas of Thanamandi, Manjakote, Sunderbani, Nowshera, Darhal to visit Kotdhara to avail services of this center as the said center is located at a place far away from District Headquarters?
2.What things/circumstances forced a Minister from your cabinet to establish the center at Kotdhara village despite having many kanals of state land vacant in municipal limits of Rajouri city? Similarly, the Motor Vehicles office, Old DIET complex which are lying defunct could have been used but it seems that the interest of powers that be lies not in serving people but somewhere else.
3. What were their intentions/plans to establish center at the same Kotdhara village where office at of Legal Meteorology is already constructed? Why two main offices in same village? Is it just to secure votes in next elections as the said village lies in constituency of the Minister?
4. What are the reasons behind ignoring the aspirations of youth of Rajouri district which is among the largest districts of J&K?
5. What is the stand of MLA, Rajouri regarding this issue? I regret to inform you that he has failed at every front in safeguarding the rights of Rajouri Assembly and has simultaneously failed to represent Rajouri with adequacy in the Legislative Assembly.
Instances galore can be cited to illustrate apathy. These include the fact that the Mini Secretariat, Medical College, Legal Meteorology Office, District Employment and Counseling Center, all these offices have become victim of petty constituency based politics which have made the common man suffer.
Dear Madam, you are requested to look into this matter on an urgent basis and take up it as you took up the matter of your younger brother Tasaduq or your daughter Irtiqa.
—The author is a Youth Activist and is Pursuing Graduation from the Government Post Graduate College, Rajouri. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org