National Panthers Party chairman Harsh Dev Singh has cautioned the members of the cabinet sub-committee (CSC) to recommend the creation of new administrative units on merit, and to desist from playing politics over the issue.
He said that there were numerous reports suggesting that the new administrative units, including sub -districts, tehsils, blocks and niabats were being recommended by the said CSC on political considerations, ignoring the claims of eligible and other deserving areas.
He said that the constituencies of opposition parties were being overlooked in the process, creating widespread resentment in such areas.
Warning the members of the said committee of any such neglect of constituencies held by the opposition, Singh said, "Any biased or prejudicial treatment to such areas would be fought tooth and nail. The NPP would hold protests, demonstrations and further 'gherao' the ministers concerned in case of neglect of any deserving areas."
Singh said that the issue of creation of new administrative units was raised in the September-October session of Legislative Assembly in Srinagar, and the NPP had strongly opposed the recommendations of 'Ganai Committee' constituted for the identification and creation of new administrative units.
He said that the said Ganai committee report had also shown undue favors to the coalition partners' constituencies. He said that several new tehsils, blocks and niabats had been recommended by the Ganai committee report in the constituencies of ministers and their favorites which was vociferously and aggressively contested by several members.
"The Ganai report granted more than 70% of the new administrative units to Kashmir, completely neglecting the Jammu region, despite the latter having an extremely tough terrain, rugged topography and huge geographical area," said Singh.