The destructor is trying to become a constructor.
Terrorist-turned-counterinsurgent-turned-politician Usman Majeed now wants to transform the politics of his constituency, Bandipore, from emotional to developmental.
Bandipore better known for Asia's largest fresh water lake Wullar and 330 MW Kishen Ganga hydro-electric plant got a status of a separate district probably due to his efforts and good luck.
A district status was 25-year-old pending demand of the people of his constituency.
Majeed, who along with Kukka Parray, Javed Shah, Papa Kishtwari and Liyaqat Ali Khan parted ways with insurgents and became counterinsurgents, broke the spine of insurgency in J&K in mid nineties.
They had been able to do what the troops, paramilitary forces, police and intelligence agencies together had not been able to during the
first half of the nineties.
Majeed an independent MLA has now focused his attention on the development of his constituency.
An independent MLA and former Minister of State (MoS) for Planning Majeed told Hindustan Times that he is working on 10 major issues confronting his assembly constituency.
"The Kashmir dispute can be settled by New Delhi and Islamabad. We politicians here can only help in improving health and sanitation conditions, providing education infrastructure and laying road," he said.
Majeed belonged to Kukka Parray's Awami League and was elected from the Bandipore constituency in north Kashmir's Baramulla district. He had unsuccessfully contested the 1996 Assembly elections.
"During the last four years, a degree college and six higher secondary schools were established in Bandipore. Construction is on for two more higher secondary schools," he said.
"Besides, the 24-km long road connecting Bandipore to the Lolab valley was also constructed. A 100-bed hospital was also set up with modern infrastructure. The constituency got 60 kanal (around seven and a half acres) of land sanctioned for a bus stand. There is also revival of the Kishen Ganga Project," an upbeat Majeed said about the makeover of his assembly.
In addition to these, construction work is also on for Paap Chan Bridge for which more than Rs 7 crore has been sanctioned. The constituency is also getting two electricity substations.
Last year on November 16, Majeed had a close shave on life when terrorists tried to barge into his car outside the J&K bank headquarters at Srinagar. Four persons were killed and 63 including Majeed injured in the incident.
About the permanent resolution of the Kashmir dispute, Majeed said, "There is no escape from the fact that our fate is linked to India."
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