STATE TIMES NEWSVIJAYPUR: Apni Party Provincial President and Former Minister Manjit Singh reiterated demand for the restoration of Statehood to Jammu and Kashmir.The demand was raised in a monthly meeting of Apni Party leaders and workers at Vijaypur organised under the leadership of Former Minister Manjit Singh.In his address, Manjit Singh said that the Apni Party stands for the restoration of statehood to J&K and people are not ready to accept the downgraded status of the erstwhile State which has a proud history of 200 years.“The honour of the historic state should be restored and the Apni Party will fight for it in a democratic manner,” said Manjit Singh, adding that the Government should ensure the protection of land and jobs for the residents of J&K.The resentment is growing among people because they see the specified period of domiciles as insufficient for the local youth who are facing unemployment, he said.Manjit Singh said that the local youth should have rights on all the Government jobs in J&K and 90% share in the industrial sector whether skilled or unskilled.“We want securing of jobs for local youth besides providing them more opportunities in shape of employment,” he said and added that the industrial sector is also accused of ignoring the local youth and employing outsiders.He said that the people will not tolerate preferring of non-locals over locals. “On the name of skilled workers, the snatching of opportunities from locals will be seen as betrayal with the educated unemployed youth of Jammu, Udhampur, Samba, and Kathua and other districts of the Division,” he added.Referring to the demands of the farmers, Manjit Singh said that the Govt should roll-back the agriculture bills passed recently in the Parliament.Terming the bills as anti-farmers, Manjit Singh demanded that the agriculture bills should be rolled-back and the Govt should also fix MSP for the farmers.In reference to the Hathras gang-rape, the Apni Party Provincial President Manjit Singh demanded exemplary punishment of all the accused persons and he also questioned role of Govt and police who as per media reports have failed to act timely.“The brutal act of gang-rape has shaken the conscience of the people to the core. It was not only a case of outraging modesty of a woman, but the accused persons had physically assaulted the victim inflicting her serious injuries which finally has led to her unfortunate death,” he said.Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Mohan Singh Bhatti, Bachan Choudhary, Pushp Raj, Joginder Lal, Babu Ram Bhagat, Ajid Hussain, Joginder Lal, Bishan Verma, Lal Mohammed, Noor Hussain, Ravi Kumar, Mohan Lal Sharma, Master Mitter Paul Singh, Bodh Raj, Ravi Kumar, Billu Choudhary and others.
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