Take necessary CBMs, Restore full statehood, release political prisoners before holding assembly elections: PC

Srinagar Aug 11: Senior vice president Peoples Conference and former minister Abdul Gani Vakil asked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led administration to take necessary CBMs before holding assembly elections in J&K.
The government of India should implement Confidence Building Measures (CBM), if they want larger participation including restoration of statehood to J&K, Vakil said in a statement.
He said if central government wants good participation in elections, they should grant statehood without making it conditional, releasing political prisoners and there should be special employment package for unemployed youth of the region.
He said apart from these CBMs, the fruit and tourism industry should be rejuvenated as thousands of families are directly or indirectly associated with these industries.
“Government should take special measures  to boost fruit and tourism industry as the fruit growers and hoteliers are worst affected for the last three years of lockdown and restrictions including waving of KCC loans and other business loans,” Mr. Vakil was addressing workers convention at nowpora sopore Vakil said the lofty claims of Naya Kashmir were made by the central government but things have remained unchanged on the ground.
“There are no jobs for our youth, petrol and diesel prices are touching the skies. There is no one who can speak on these issues faced by common people,” he said. The senior leader said although the administration is talking of development, but that is restricted to papers and statements only.
“There are thousands of daily wagers have been assured regularization on different occasions but nothing has been done so far and it would add feather in the cap if before elections government orders regularization of these workers,” he said.
Vakil said the prevailing situation has further distanced the people from the mainstream and youth are at crossroads as unemployment is at an all-time high.
Besides who addressed include  Block president  Sheikh ghulam nabi General Secretary Abdul salam naikoo Youth leaderUmer rashid vice president Haji m yousuf malla and several others.

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