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Independent lawmaker and Awami Ittihaad Party chief, Er Rashid Saturday held an all party meet to press for his demand on IIT, IIMC and IIM for Kashmir region.
“The meeting was represented by Ex-MLA Zadibal, Peer Aafaq Ahmed on behalf of National Conference; prominent industrialist Shakeel Qalander; Prof Abdul Rehman Bhat on behalf of Jamat-e-Ahl-Hadees; G N War President Private Schools Association; KTMF President Mushtaq Sagar; Shabir Ahmed Matta President Western Bus Stand Association; Touseef Ahmed social Activist; prominent lawyers and representatives of various social and other organizations.
“PDP senior politician and MP Muzaffar Hussain Beigh also sent a letter of support for setting up of IIM, IIT and IIMC in Kashmir division through his envoy,” an AIP statement said.
Various issues pertaining to development of the state were discussed. After threadbare discussion following unanimous statement was issued:
“It is a sinister plan of GoI to divide the people of Jammu and Kashmir by pitting people of various regions against each other in the name of development. This policy has sent shock waves among the people of the state. Kashmiris by no ways are against establishing any institutes in Jammu province but by denying same to Kashmir province for equitable development, Kashmiris are deeply hurt with the biased attitude of the central government. State government is duty bound to come to the expectation of the people of Kashmir as well and establish IIM, IIT and IIMC like institutes in the valley for equitable growth. State government and MLAs are duty bound to ensure equitable development in the state as such it is their responsibility to come forward on these pressing issues and ensure that they work together to deliver equitable growth for all regions of the state. Such sanctioned institutions including IIT, IIM and AIIMS should be set up in the lesser privileged districts as per District Development Index. Education is the core foundation of overall development and education policy of the state needs a complete revamping and permission to set up multiple educational institutes and universities is an urgent need of the hour. A broader consensus needs to be developed among the masses on such issues,” the statement said.
It was further decided that a five member committee will approach public representatives, political parties and people of different sections and walks of life to form a future joint strategy so that government is persuaded to establish IIT, IIM and IIMC in Kashmir and also seek redressal of other grievances and issues.