STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The President Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS), Gulchain Singh Charak convened a special meeting of DSS Executive body to review action on various issues highlighted by DSS delegations with the Governor and his advisors after dissolution of the State Assembly. During the meeting, the DSS members regretted that nothing has been done in case of majority of issues while very little has been done on some others. The executive body pointed out that although the Governor was very prompt and kind while allocating a sum of Rs 65 cr to start Mubarak Mandi renovation work in last financial year. But the fate of allocated amount is unclear yet, as if it was fully released in last financial year, carried forward, or else lapsed, they added. “Monsoon has already reached Southern parts of the country and crumbling structures of the precious, prestigious Dogra heritage may get obliterated in next few months or else suffer additional extensive damages beyond retrieval besides resulting in enormous escalation of restoration costs,” they observed. It was believed that projection of DSS regarding safe storage of records and files of the archives was understood and some files have been moved to the old Information Department’s building at Mubarak Mandi without renovation/ repairs. An amount of Rs 50 lakh, released by the last elected Government for renovation, has been spent in the most extravagant and inconsiderate manner as per information received through RTI. Yet no renovation has been carried out, which may need fresh estimates, demand, sanction and release of funds; thereby putting the action in cold storage and subjecting archives to yet another monsoon, which they may not withstand before total ruin/ destruction. The DSS members also pointed out that it is now over a year when the Governor’s bold step got Panchayat elections held in the State, but these Panchayats are still toothless and resource-less. The declared ‘three-tier system’ under 73rd amendment is yet to see the light of the day since no Block, and District level Councils have been formed yet. The elected Panchs and Sarpanchs are left with only four years of tenure and will lose faith of people for not being able to function and deliver results on ground level due to lack of resources, the members asserted. Gulchain Singh Charak expressed deep concern over recent incidents at Bhadarwah. Although cow-vigilantism has been ruled out by the Police and investigating agencies, yet the incident reflects some communal tension and discord. Charak urged restrain to members of all communities and asked politicians and social activists to douse the fire and refrain from issuing any instigating statements that can lead to provocation besides worsening the situation. He hoped that traditional composite ‘Dogriyat’ would prevail and mutual-faith and brotherhood with consideration of each other’s sensitivities would be maintained. To highlight their demands, the DSS members decided to take out a peace rally and stage Dharna from Dogra Sadar Sabha Bhawan on 21st May, 2019 besides submitting a memorandum to the Governor. Others who spoke during the meeting included Prof N K Dogra, Prem Sagar Gupta, Col Dr Virendra K Sahi, Gambhir Dev Singh Charak, A K Angurana, Maj Gen Sunita Kapoor (Retd) VSM, G A Khwaja, Santosh Magotra and Prof Anita Billawaria.
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