Crescent Kashmir

Elections and statehood

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Recently union government merged the Jammu and Kashmir cadres with all other union territories fueling the speculations that Jammu and Kashmir will stay as a UT for more time.

Such speculations were translated into questions when the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha asked the government if it wanted permanent status for UT of Jammu and Kashmir. Already the political parties operating from Jammu and Kashmir have asked for immediate restoration of statehood amid growing many problems on many fronts including unemployment and growing cases of closure of industrial units especially after the abrogation of article 370.

Such details were presented before the house by the leader of the opposition and said, “No new industry is coming up at present… Of the 12,997 industries in Jammu, only 5,890 are functional, while 7,160 i.e. 60 percent are closed… development remains stalled… It is only on TV and not on roads,” he said.

The condition of national highways is dilapidated and ceasefire violations have risen causing severe damage to land and property, he said and added that water supply was in shambles, while power tariff had risen abnormally to ₹ 350 per unit from ₹ 90 per unit.

There have been a lot of protests by Adhoc employees by daily wagers, by the traders and the central government seems of the view that they will have to continue the central rule in Jammu and Kashmir for some time more.

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