Youth Forum Demands Divisional Status for Pir Panjal and Chenab | Pir Panjal Post

Rajouri: Peer Panjal Youth Forum demanded the creation of two more administrative and revenue divisions after the center granted the same to Ladakh. The Forum pressed the demand for divisional Status for Pir Panjal region and Chenab Valley Region of Jammu and Kashmir on February 11,2019.

It is important to note that these two regions of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, are the remotest, and the most backward areas of the state. 

In a press conference held at Press club Rajouri Guftar Ahmed Chowdhary said that "both the regions of Pir Panjal and Chenab Valley that consist of Rajouri, Poonch Reasi Kishtwar, Ramban, Doda are distinct from Jammu and are forcibly kept under Jammu division". He further added that "whatever is sanctioned for Jammu province is confined to the districts of Jammu and Samba while the majority of the other districts of the region are ignored". 

Aquib Wani another student leader, said that "All major institutions like AIIMS, IIT, SKAUST, Regional University, Central University, Railways etc are located in Jammu proper while the majority of population of Pir Panjal and Chenab is deprived of even the basic facilities". 

"Central Governments have earned billions of rupees by using water resources of Chenab and Pir Panjal. However, these regions are left on the mercy of God. Government is not paying any attention towards these regions situated at LOC, which is quite unfortunate".

Asif Bhat, another social activist appealed all the socio-political leaders, students, religious clerics, employees of both the regions to launch a movement for creation of two separate administrative divisions for Pir Panjal and Chenab regions.

It was further stated by another activist, Asif Mirza, that "if our demand for the separate administrative division is not fulfilled by the government we'll go for indefinite peaceful agitation to meet our goal". 

Youth under the banner of PeerPanjal cutting across the political affiliations joined hands together to start the fight for their 'rights'.

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