Accusing the National Conference (NC) of working towards complete disempowerment of Kashmiris, senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and member Parliament Tariq Hameed Karra on Sunday said Kashmir had become a victim of worst kind of discrimination perpetuated by chief minister Omar Abdullah's anarchic regime.
"Brazen regional discrimination by the state government in appointment of around 9,000 contractual teachers under special recruitment drive should prove an eye-opener for Kashmiris. It is now amply clear that how Omar Abdullah-led regime is slowly and steadily pushing Kashmiris into perpetual economic subjugation," said Karra.
"To the shock and dismay of every Kashmiri, the advertisement issued in local dailies on July 5, 2014, shows that out of 8,475 posts of contractual teachers, 5,396 are for Jammu region, 2,960 for Kashmir and 119 for Ladakh," he said.
"One fails to understand what criteria the state government has used to justify such brazen discrimination in allocation of posts. Going by population ratio, Kashmir should have got more posts than Jammu region. If not that, at least the distribution of posts should have been on 50:50 basis so that justice was done with the unemployed youth in all the regions," Karra added.
He said the worst thing was that while around 1,300 contractual teachers' posts had been advertised for the Jammu district, there were just 80 posts for the Srinagar district.
Karra said it was now clear that by resorting to such biased policies towards Kashmiri youth, the Omar-led government was trying to push them into another phase of death and destruction as they were left with no other option.
"Right from the day Omar assumed power, Kashmir is getting step-motherly treatment in every sphere with the blessings of the chief minister," he alleged.
He also alleged that out of 676 sub-health centres to be setup under NRHM, 429 are in Jammu region and 247 for Kashmir with Srinagar getting none.
"Similarly, out of 953 schools proposed for upgradation, 600 are in Jammu, 370 in Kashmir and 30 in Ladakh. Out of the 38 villages recently approved for inclusion in backward list, 30 are in Jammu and only eight in Kashmir. Recently 34 ventilators were installed in district and sub-district hospitals of Jammu region while the number is only 16 in Kashmir," Karra added.