Jammu: Terming Jammu Declaration as a way forward in further strengthening regional and religious bonds in Jammu and Kashmir, former minister and senior National Conference leader Surjeet Singh Slathia exhorted people to work towards achieving it for harmonious growth of the society in large.
“Unity in diversity has been strength of Jammu and Kashmir and this spirit has to be promoted and sustained by bridging the gap, a party press release termed Slathia as saying at a public meeting at Village Barjani Bari Brahmana in Vijaypur Constituency on March 14. He added that time has come when such a proposition should emanate from Jammu, the abode of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians.
Slathia reiterated that the Declaration would go a long way in encouraging dialogue between the people and the regions, which will eventually help in restoring trust and confidence, the essence of the glorious ethos of this part of the country.
“It is imperative to reinvigorate the bonds of brotherhood and tranquility between communities and satiating peculiar urges and aspirations of the people besides the regions and the sub-regions.”
There should be no reason for the people of whichever faith they belong to feel marginalized or discriminated against, he said, adding that this is actually the political philosophy of the National Conference, which has stood the test of times during most difficult times of history. He asserted that secularism is the bedrock of the party and this legacy has survived the vicissitudes of history.
The former minister also referred to the local issues and expressed concern over the slow pace of development and process of recruitment that has brought despondency among the unemployed educated youth. There is a need for a fast track recruitment process to fill up the vacant posts and eventually empower the youth, most of them getting over aged.
The NC leader also stressed the need for fillip in the developmental activities and thrust on completion of the works taken up years ago. The administration must ensure dependable utility services, especially drinking water and power supply.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included DDC Member Suriya Begum, BDC Chairman Bari Brahmana Rajni Devi Vijaypur Jogeshwar Singh, Jamwal Ramgarh, Darshan Singh Block President Bhagwan Singh, Ex Chairman Bari Brahmana Municipality Raman Gupta, District Secretary Om Parkash Attri, Vice President NC Vijay Singh, Sarpanch Panch and Corporators.
Also present were the new members of the Block Committee Bari Brahmana, Madan Singh, Block Vice President NC Bari Brahaman, Yaqoob Ahmed Block, Vice President NC Bari Brahmana, Bharat Bhushan Block Secretary NC Bari Brahmana. (PR)