Jammu has long been crying hoarse that its development is being neglected at the cost of Kashmir. The post Cry Baby on this blog was an attempt to portray the real picture of Jammu’s development.
The recent press statement of the former finance minister gives further proof of Jammu being a pampered cry baby.
Former finance Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig said the State Finance Commission bill was introduced to expose many myths. “One of the biggest myth is that Jammu region is neglected in development,” he said, adding that he had no knowledge whether government has done anything in this regard.
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While in Jammu the Vaishno Devi board is able to fund a Rs. 2.5 billion cancer hospital, the Amarnath board in Kashmir can not even take care of the environmental problems which are a direct outcome of the annual Amarnath yatra in Pahalgam. The governor of Kashmir heads the Vaishno Devi as well as the Amarnath board.
An official report has indicted the Shri Amaranthji Shrine Board (SASB), the body headed by state governor Let Gen (retd) S K Sinha that controls the pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath, of failing to protect the fragile mountain eco-system of Pahalgam.
The report prepared by the J&K state pollution control board says 55,000 kgs of garbage, including polythene and plastics, is dumped in the virgin forests of Baisaran and Sarbal every day during the pilgrimage.
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Department of Science and technology through its principal investigator on glaciology has argued that “the ecology, the environment and health of the glacier can be under severe threat in case the Baltal route to the Holy Cave was frequented by thousands of pilgrims”. And pointed out that “depletion and degradation (of glaciers) are the result of human breath, refuse and land erosion”.
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Interestingly the press release reads ‘Kashmir’ to get cancer hospital , and not ‘Jammu’ or ‘Jammu and Kashmir.’ It is intriguing as to why the Vaishno Devi board decided to use the word ‘Kashmir’ instead of ‘Jammu’ or ‘Jammu and Kashmir’ in the press release even though the hospital is being constructed in Katra, Jammu and not the valley.