NEET Ploy to Weaken State’s Control on Educational Institutions: Hurriyat (m)



An Executive Council meeting of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (m) chaired by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was held at the APHC headquarters at Rajbagh on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by Hurriyat Executive Council members, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Muhammad Musadiq Adil and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza.

During the meeting, the current political situation and the ongoing resistance movement, political developments at the Indo-Pak Sub continental level and preparations for the Hafta-e-Shahadat programme, starting from May 16, 2016, were discussed.

Terming the statements of the state government regarding the proposal of setting up of a “Sainik Colony” in Jammu Kashmir as “misleading”, the meeting described it as a very serious issue having “far reaching consequences”.

It was stressed that the “rulers of Kashmir, for their selfish interests and for safeguarding their power, had from day one indulged in battering away the interests of the Jammu and Kashmir and thus weakening its disputed nature. The setting up of Sainik Colonies was a step in the same direction”.

During the meeting, “it was revealed that on April 16, 2015 in a meeting of JKRSB at Raj Bhavan, the secretary RSB during the meeting had informed the board members that Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, had agreed for allotment of 173 kanal of land in the old Air field area for the colony, however, after the number of aspirants had increased to over one thousand including 26 officers, 125 JCOs and 900 other Army men the RSB sought 350 kanals of land from the government in its revised proposal which was now pending before the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, and the State Home Department for the approval”.

“RSB’s proposal does not mention anything about the colony being meant only for the state subjects of Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement said.

During the meeting, it was stressed that the statements of the government including the Chief Minister on the subject “were not credible and thud could not be believed as the chief minister who brushed the issue aside as mere rumours actually indulged in trying to cover up the entire matter”.

“People of Kashmir were well aware of the habit of double speak of the rulers in such cases who while making deals of the interests of the people would be making false statements to cover their designs,” the statement added. “The rulers of Kashmir had been working against the interests of the people of the state since day one for keeping their master in New Delhi in good humour in order to remain in power.”

Terming the chief minister’s statement that “accession of Jammu Kashmir to India was final as entirely opposite to the historical and ground realities”, it was stated, “Kashmir was an internationally-accepted dispute and nobody’s personal opinion or agenda could change this stark reality till this dispute was not resolved in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

During the meeting, the APHC-m’s Executive Council blamed the “pro-India political parties of Kashmir for working to advance the interests of India and accused them of being responsible for the political and social problems people of Jammu Kashmir were caught in”.

“Bringing the admission for Medical and Dental Colleges of Jammu Kashmir under the ambit of NEET was not only injustice toward local students but also a ploy to weaken the state’s control over these educational institutions thus affecting the rights of the people of Jammu Kashmir to run their professional education institutions,” the meeting observed.

The conglomerate’s meeting termed the wresting of control of the state from administrative and educational institutions of Jammu Kashmir as a “serious issue” and said, “the powers of the state were being eroded continuously under a well-planned strategy with a nefarious design. Jammu Kashmir was an internationally-accepted dispute and rendering institutions of the state powerless and handing their control over to Government of India was being deliberately done to affect its disputed nature.”

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