Pushed To Backseat

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The level of literacy across J&K districts tabulated on basis of the provisional headcount by the Census department is yet another grim pointer towards the crisis that Kashmir is confronted with. The overall literacy rate is 68.74%. While the urabn J&K has literacy rate of 78.19%, it is 64.97% for rural J&K. Jammu is the most literate with 83.98%, followed by Samba with 82.48%. Leh is third most literate district with 80.48% and Kargil with 74.49%. Fifth well read district is Kathua. The first rank that any Kashmir district has on the literacy front is the sixth that Srinagar has. And the next rank that is with any Kashmir district is tenth for Baramulla. Kashmir has taken a massive hit because of the situation of lat two decades. It has created a situation that Leh and Kargil have third and fourth rank and Srinagar, the capital city, come much later. Here is detailed ranking of the J&K districts on literacy front.

PROPERTY STATEMENTS
J&K’s two former chief minister who are now in the cabinet of Dr Manmohan Singh have declared their properties. Here are the details:

Ghulam Nabi Azad
Azad, who basically is a resident of Doda, has 9486.41 square meters of land at Vidharbha, District Washim, Maharashtra that he has purchased in 1993-94 for Rs. 1.39 lakhs. His movable property includes a credit if Rs 44,40,000/- (Rupees Forty Four Lakh Forty Thousand only as on July, 2011) in two saving bank accounts. At the time of filing the details, he had thirty thousand rupees in cash with him. His wife Mrs Shameed Azad owns a residential house and half acre land worth fifty lakhs rupees at Hyderpora, Srinagar, J&K besides a residential flat in Delhi. She has three saving bank accounts with a credit of Rs 11687000/- (Rupees one crore sixteen lakh eighty-seven thousand only) a cash of forty thousands and golden jewelry of 350 grams valuing about Rs 826700/.

Dr Farooq Abdullah
Apart from savings of Rs 5120660/- in two bank accounts and Rs 493259 in fixed deposit in other bank account, Dr Abdullah owns four kanals of land with other rights of Shamilat in Baba Dariyadin Ganderbal, three kanals of land at Bathindi purchased from Choudhary Din Mohammad in 1998 for Rs 150000 which had addition of another two kanls from the same owner for one lakh rupees later in 1998. Dr Abdullah set up a house on this land by obtaining housing loan of five lakh rupees from state government and another Rs 10 lakhs loan from J&K bank. He also has three out of nine shares from the leased land measuring 11 kanals and four marlas and the property on it in Dhanji Bhoyi building near GPO Srinagar.

Besides, he owns a residential building on Gupkar that his family had purchased from Hajra Begum and others in September 1978. It is the house in which he lives. His mother has gifted him one orchard of 45 kanals and double story bungalow at Kithpotra, Shajimarg, Tangmarg. He also has a share in a three story ancestral house  and the land around that measures 4 kanals, 4 marlas and 267 sq ft at Soura, Srinagar. It was this house that was torched by militants in 1990 against which he received a compensation of three lakh rupees of which he got a share of one lakh rupees. He also a share from the ancestral orchard located at Khulmulla Ganderbal. He also has his share in the ancestral piece of land (Malyari) at Soura and owns a plot of two kanals at Nandpur, Srinagar.

Dr Abdullah has stated that since his family is away in London since April 1990, he has no knowledge about her belongings.

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