Jammu deserves more Assembly seats than Kashmir: Team Jammu

Jammu: Confident that Centre will end 75 years of political injustice with the Jammu region, Team Jammu — a grouping of social bodies — on Thursday hoped that Delimitation Commission will remove the disparity between two Kashmir and Jammu regions of the Union Territory.
“People of Jammu region have high hopes on the Delimitation Commission and we are hopeful that political injustice with this region will be removed,” Team Jammu Chairman Zorawar Singh Jamwal told the media here.
Jasvir Singh, Team Jammu Head, said: “As per criteria set by the panel, Jammu deserves more assembly seats as compared to Kashmir Valley due to topography and demography of this region.”
He regretted that previous delimitation panels were biased against Jammu as successive state governments were not interested to treat Jammu at par with the Kashmir Valley.
Jamwal demanded that new assembly constituencies should be carved out in all deserving areas of Jammu region. He especially mentioned that the Panchari-Moungri belt deserves to be an Assembly segment.
He said that Home Minister amit Shah had promised to end discrimination against Jammu region.
“We are hoping that the incumbent regime will fulfill its promise to treat Jammu with the same yardstick it is treating other regions”, he said, and cautioned that people of the Jammu region will not tolerate further political discrimination after the abrogation of Article 370.
“If the Delimitation Commission failed to end political discrimination with Jammu region, we will be left with no other option but to launch a mass movement for a separate state for Jammu region,” said Jamwal.
He wondered if so many measures like reservation of jobs for locals can be extended to Ladakh, why cannot this be done for Jammu.
Jasvir Singh spoke about the work done by him during the last one year and his plan for further development of the area.
He said that in the last one year, works which have been closed for years and are waiting for completion in Panchari Moungri have been restarted with the help of District Administration and Panchayati Raj Institution.
He said that construction work of roads is in progress. Electricity service has been restored in many areas this year.
In the next one month, except one or two villages, electricity service will reach the entire Panchari Moungri area.
In the education sector, Jasvir Singh added, construction has been expedited and efforts are being made to complete the works at Galiote, Lander, Panchari, Panjar, Damnot and Ladda. The building of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Basenote will soon be completed.
He asked the Center to hold assembly elections for Jammu and Kashmir.