‘Enhance capacities for effective fight against COVID in J&K’
SRINAGAR, July 24: Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of J&K Ghulam Nabi Azad demanded restoration of Statehood followed by assembly elections to J&K during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday evening.
According to a local news agency KNS, Azad said that he called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi for political and social affairs of Jammu and Kashmir and expressed his concern with regard to increasing Coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir and particularly in Kashmir valley.
“I also demanded that the Statehood should be immediately restored and it should be followed by an assembly election. Various developmental activities can be carried out only if there is an elected state government. Due to the result of prolonging governor rule the development activities have come to a standstill. So it is in the interest of the development of the state that the elected government be put in place.”
During his meeting with the PM, Azad also raised the issue of downgrading the security of political leaders and demanded security, vehicles and accommodation of various political leaders irrespective of their party affiliations, the new agency quoted him.
He told the PM that militancy has increased and it was unfortunate that the security of political leaders has been reduced and accommodation not provided to them for the sake of political process in the region.
“I informed the Prime Minister about the need for political activities in J&K. The political activities pave way for development and people participation in development increases which is not the case during Governors Administration,” he added.
Azad also demanded augmentation of capabilities and capacities for effective fight against Covid-19 in J&K. The meeting was held regarding the Kashmir specific issues only and lasted for more than an hour.