Syed Amjad ShahJammu, Nov 10:
The interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma Friday met at least 32 political and apolitical delegations in the winter capital of the State.
A CCIJ delegation, led by its president Rakesh Gupta, called on Sharma here and raised issues of unemployment and development.
Welcoming the interlocutor's appointment, he said there should be a consistent policy for peace and development and the recommendations of interlocutors or working groups should not be treated just as pieces of paper but as aspirations of the people.
On the issue of Rohingya Muslims, he said people in Jammu were agitating for deportation of the community members as they could be a threat to the national security.
Gupta highlighted the problem of unemployment, saying establishment of some industries and BPOs in the region could create job opportunities and also stressed on the development of tourist spots in the region.
He supported the cause of the West Pakistan refugees and said a township should be created so that basic facilities could be provided to them.
Representatives of some Kashmiri Pandit groups also met Sharma and sought the setting up of an institutional mechanism for the welfare of the displaced community.
The delegation was led by BJP legislator G L Raina and included leaders from All India Kashmiri Samaj, All India Kashmir Pandit Conference, Jammu and Kashmir National Front, Vichar Manch and Zeishtadevi Prabandik Committee.
"It is our demand that the government put in place (a mechanism) which regularly engages the community in dialogue to work out the agreed principles on return," read a memorandum submitted by the Pandit delegation.
The delegations of traders body, hoteliers, VHP, PDP, J&K National Panthers Party, Dogra Sadar Sabha, West Pakistan Refugees, Transporters, Sikh body, Jammu Muslim Front and others also met Sharma today.
JKNPP chairman Harsh Dev Singh said they demanded separate statehood for Jammu to end discrimination and also appealed the PDP-BJP coalition government to step down.
A PDP delegation led by its senior leader Ved Mahajan demanded that Article 370 should continue in the State and it should not be touched or revoked.
A delegation of Jammu Muslim Front (JMF) chairman Shuja Zafar, Imran Qazi said using force to deal with unrest in Kashmir should be avoided.
They also demanded special package for Muslim community and reservation in recruitments and professional educational institutions and action against those fanning communal violence.
The deputation of West Pak Refugees led by Laba Ram demanded citizenship for the refugees living in the State.
Many deputations appealed the interlocutor for declaring state holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh and tax free Lakhanpur toll plaza to ensure “one nation-one tax”.
Jammu Bar Association deputation led by its president B S Salathia demanded holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh and abrogation of Article 35A.
“The Article 35-A was brought in the constitution through backdoor and it should go. It was not passed in the parliament and hence it has not legal validity,” he said.
He also demanded eviction of refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh living in the State.
Slathia also demanded that toll tax collection at the Lakhanpur interstate terminal be stopped to ensure that the state becomes part of "one-nation, one-tax regime".
The Vishwa Hindu Prashid (VHP) delegation led by Leela Karan Sharma expressed apprehensions about alleged demographic change in Jammu and demanded that Rohingya Muslim refugees should be deported.
A deputation of Gujjar Bakerwal Conference also called on Sharma and demanded that Forest Act, which is implemented in many states of India should be implemented in the State as well to save the rights of nomads.
They also demanded creation of Gujjar Regiment in Indian army.
Sharma also held meetings with Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and BJP delegation last evening.