Shiv Kumar PadhaThis kind of the measuring stick used earlier while preparing the projects resulted into selective and haphazard development instead of bringing about the sustainable, need based, inclusive and equitable. Such type of planning sans criteria and vision resulted into the over development of big crowded cities of the UTs, towns and constituencies represented either by the ministers or MLAS/MLCs who have got their say in the corridors of power. In this process of might is right, 20 per cent of the privileged constituencies and already developed cities take away lion’s share of the central developmental funds and projects leaving 80 per cent of the duped population at the mercy of God.After the imposition of governor’s rule in J&K and later on its bifurcation into two UTs there had been an incessant rain of the central sponsored and funded schemes and projects in addition to the economic packages, employment guaranty, and the sanction of prestigious national-level institutes in J&K. Hardly there is any field or aspect pertaining to the UTs which has not been either taken into consideration or funded according to its requirements. May it be the case of establishing AIIMS, GMCs, Ayurvedic Medical Colleges, Homeopathic Medical Colleges, Engineering colleges, IIMs, IITs SSHs, all-wheather connectivity and the projects linked with Health programmes of the masses, the modus operandi of present UT Government and that of its planners have not changed at all.A short story of the cats and the monkey is worth mentioning here. How the clever monkey ate away the whole loaf of Chapatti of the quarrelling cats easily during the process of its equal division. In order to give meaning to the PM Modi’s popular slogans of Sab KaSaath Sab Ka Vikas, Sab Ka Vishwas the UT Government should have done good homework which could help them evolve a justified and viable criteria for the dissemination of the schemes to deserving, needy and to those which fulfil the conditions for the implementation of the projects and programmes according to their needs, the areas most deserving and from where a good number of the clientele gets benefitted. Had the state/ UT government ever thought about meeting out equal treatment to the entire population of the UT and have established these institutes in different constituencies, places, tehsil Headquarters fulfilling all the terms and conditions instead of making heaps over heap and flooding the already flooded rivers of the UT. It is very disgusting that J&K Government is still perpetuating the old discriminating attitude with Jammu region, because many projects pertaining to the tourism of Jammu ( Basohli ) and Srinagar were sanctioned at the same day and at the same time, but as the ill-luck would have it the projects of Kashmir stand completed and inaugurated since November 2020 while that of Basohli has not seen the light of the day yet. Similarly UT Government established Ayurvedic Medical College at Akhnoor instead of Basohli, the seat and hub of Ayurveda since 15th century, Different stadia sanctioned six year back like the one at Basohli has fallen prey to the inter departmental controvery deliberately. The BSc. Nursing College for Basohli and the one and half-decade earlier sanctioned herbal garden for Basohli has been hijacked and taken to other constituency with the name of Himalayan Herbal project costing about forty crores. The habit of selective and biased development in no way talks or translates slogan of the Prime Minister in reality. The vision of the Prime Minister to take the development and its benefits to the last man and the last corner of the country has remained in files and become a weapon to befool the gullible population of UT.It also tantamount to the betrayal of the policies of the Prime Minister. The dream and the slogans of the Prime Minister can only get meaning if the UT plans and develops the entire UT irrespective of political patronage. The deserving Illaqas must be given their share in the development. The habit of the powerful politicians must be discouraged who often grab maximum projects to the cities and constituencies, they belong to.(Concluded)
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