JAMMU: National Conference on Saturday held protest rallies across the Jammu division against recent decision of the State Administrative Council in declaring Jammu and Kashmir Bank as a Public Sector Undertaking.
At Jammu, a protest rally was taken out from Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan with National Conference workers carrying the placards demanding immediate roll back of the decision for the larger interests of Jammu and Kashmir which enjoy special position, a statement issued here said.
The National Conference leaders staged sit-in dharna at heritage Raghunath Chowk and raised slogans against the decision.
The Speakers criticized the decision and expressed apprehensions that this will adversely impact the functioning of Jammu and Kashmir Bank and shake the confidence of its huge clientele.
The speakers also castigated the administration for eroding the special status of the state, saying such decisions are detrimental to the interests of the people.
Organised by the District President Jammu Urban, Mr Dharamveer Singh Jamwal, prominent among those who participated in the protests included Mr Rattan Lal Gupta State Secretary, Mrs Deepender Kour Ex-MLC, Mrs Bimla Luthra Ex-MLA, Mrs Vijay Laxami Dutta Provincial Vice President, Mr Vijay Lochan Co Chairman SC Cell, Mr Abdul Gani Teli Co Chairman OBC Cell, Ch. Arshad, Mr Pardeep Bali, Mr Ravi Dogra District Secretary Jammu Urban , Mr Sanjay Gupta District Secretary Jammu Urban , Mr Rakesh Singh Raka Sr. Vice President YNC,, Mrs Rashida Begum , Mrs Veena Oberia, Mr Rohit Kerni District President YNC Jammu, Mr Sandeep Singh, Mr Suresh Kotwal. Mr Ifktkair Choudhary, Mr Ashok Dogra, Mr Subash Mehra , Mr Shabeer Samyal, S. Tejinder Singh, S. Aman Chema, Ritesh Koul, Mr Nitish Gowsami, Mr Wasim, Mr Mudit Seth, Mr Mohit Mehra, Mr Vivek Gupta, Mr Dalbir Singh, Mr Sian Dass, S. Gurman Singh, Mr Som Raj Taroch, Mr Mahesh Bakshi, Mr Mohit, Mr Sushant , Mr Sourav, Mr Vijay, Mr Shubam Kaith, Mohd Akram, Mr Ishtaq Naik, Mr Ankush, Mr Sidant and others.
At Samba, the speakers hoped that the Governor’s administration will desist from taking policy decisions, adding that these are the prerogatives of the elected democratic dispensations.
They expressed solidarity with the agitating J&K Bank employees and extended their support to their cause. They said the bank is institution of the people who are against the decision.
Those present on the occasion included Vice President Muncipal Committee, Mr Ravi Kumar and Corporators Madhu Sharma, Ravi Sharma, Madan Lal Dogra, Ganesh Sharma, Darshan Kumar, District Secretary NC Om Prakash Atri besides Sodagar Gupta, Bishan Verma, Rakesh Singh, Sushil Kumar, Akhil Sharma, Rishay Thappa, Rakesh Sharma, Ajay Sharma and others.
At Kishtwar former Minister of State for Home and MLC Mr Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo the SAC decision reflects the anti-people mindset of fiddling with the basic characters of the special status of the state.
Kichloo said that the SAC decision has put a question mark on the special status of the state. He said all these attempts will be fought tooth and nail and nobody will be allowed to fiddle with the special entity of Jammu and Kashmir.
The protests were held at Poonch. Rajouri, Kathua, Samba, Ramban, Banihal, Udhampur, Billawar, Reasi , Gool-Gulabgarh, Bishnah , R.S Pura and other places of the Jammu division where the National Conference leaders presented memorandum to the authorities against the SAC decision and called for its immediate roll back.