STATE TIMES NEWSUdhampur: Referring to the upcoming visit of Delimitation Commission to J&K for creation of new Assembly constituencies and re-adjustment of territorial boundaries of existing constituencies, Harsh Dev Singh Chairman-JKNPP and former Minister said that the rural, remote and other areas with tough terrain and rugged topography deserved focussed attention of the concerned authorities. He said that several far-flung areas had suffered immensely due to their neglect, lack of proper representation and inaccessibility and hence continued to remain deprived of the fruits of development. He was addressing public meetings in villages Ritti, Bassan and Sunal falling in Chenani and Udhampur constituencies.Seeking a separate Assembly constituency for Pancheri, Lander Bhomag, Singh opined that the said belt had continued to suffer neglect and deprivation for the last several decades due to its remoteness and acute lack of communication facilities. He said that it was not only deserving but also entitled in terms of the criteria as laid down under the norms and prescribed procedures governing delimitation. He elucidated that sec 60 of J&K Re-organization Act has categorically provided that apart from population, the other significant factors including “physical features, existing boundaries of administrative units, facilities of communication and convenience of public” shall form the basis for fresh delimitation of constituencies. He said that the Act further provides that population factor would be sole determinant only in those constituencies which are to be reserved for SC and ST so as to ensure that only those seats are reserved where the proportion of their population to the total population is largest. He expressed the hope that the political considerations and vested interests would not mar the prospects of such remote areas in the process of the said delimitation exercise.Expressing grave concern over the power and water crises in majority of villages of District Udhampur, Singh urged upon the Lt. Governor and the Advisor concerned to take note of sufferings of the people who were facing worst nightmares in such scorching heat of summer. He lamented that people were forced to fetch water from Nallas and rivers covering huge distance of 8-10 kms on foot in several villages. Several were forced to purchase water through private tankers providing the most glaring example of collapse of the PHE divisions and massive corruption by its functionaries. Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Mrs. Manju Singh, Rampaul Bhagat, Subash Chander Sharma, Terantar Singh, Vishav Dev, Mohan Singh besides others.
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