Altaf Bukhari led Apni Party seeks PM Modi’s intervention to restore J-K’s statehood, 4G links
On Sunday evening, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party president, Muhammad Altaf Bukhari met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi. The party submitted a memorandum underscoring the pressing demands of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially restoration of statehood and 4G internet facilities.
J and K Apni party presented a memorandum to PM Modi regarding key issues related to the people of Jammu & Kashmir. These issues included, Restoration of Statehood, Youth Employment Policy, Restoration of Internet, Honourable Return of Kashmiri Pandits, and Restoration of Internet, Jammu-Srinagar National Highway / Rising Airfare and few others.
The meeting held in the capital lasted almost for an hour. The meeting had a very friendly atmosphere in which Bukhari expressed his gratitude to PM Modi for tackling the Covid-19 pandemic and initiating a comprehensive vaccination drive in the country.
Apni Party spokesman said in a statement, “He also thanked the Prime Minister for sanctioning a special package for the revival of the industrial sector in Jammu and Kashmir. During the course of the meeting, Bukhari reiterated his demand for the restoration of Statehood to J&K.”
In the meeting, Bukhari expressed his concerns in the following matters:-
- Restoration of Internet
Bukhari urged to PM Modi to lift the ban on 4G mobile internet services across Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that the ban on 4G in J&K unjustifiable and a discrimination with the people especially the student and business community.
- Youth Employment Policy
At the rising unemployment rate in Jammu and Kashmir. He urged to the PM for formulation of a comprehensive employment package for the youth of the Jammu and Kashmir.
The spokesperson told, “He emphasized on the need for exploration of viable options including roping in of multinational companies across the country and in the Gulf countries so as to address the unemployment problem of J&K’s qualified and skilled youth.”
- Restoration of age relaxation for J&K’s UPSC aspirants
Bukhari sought intervention of PM Modi for restoration of age relaxation for J&K’s UPSC aspirants that was in force before January 2020.
According to him the scrapping of the UPSC age relaxation clause to the Domicile of J&K has been a disappointment for the youth of J&K.
- Return of Kashmiri Pandits to Kashmir valley
Bukhari pleaded for an honourable return of the Kashmiri Pandits. He sought their rehabilitation with the majority community in the Valley. He said any ghettoization of this inseparable part of Kashmiri society will not be acceptable to the people.
- Inter-regional connectivity across Jammu and Kashmir
Bukhari said that Government of India needs to focus on developing other alternative inter regional road connections like Mughal Road and Kishtwar-Sinthan routes into all weather roads also figured in the talks.
The condition of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway should also be looked upon.
- Construction of Bunkers
Bukhari also underlined the matter of construction of individual and community bunkers for residents along the Line of Control in J&K. This will help in preventing the loss of life