Criticism brews over unfair discrimination with Jammu in relief package

Published on : Thursday, May 20, 2021

In the meeting of office bearers of All Jammu Hotels and Lodges Association (AJHLA) held via video conferencing, the Chairman Inderjeet Khajuria expressed grief over the unfairness shown towards Jammu people who are connected with tourism sector by announcing disproportionate financial assistance relief package to two regions of J&K UT. Kashmir received the 99.43 per cent share and Jammu 0.57 per cent share of total package.

Pawan Gupta, the President of the association said that the tourism society of Jammu is shocked and saddened over this step motherly treatment of administration regarding relief package distribution amount between the two regions of J&K UT.

Mr. Gupta said, “Jammu people have great expectations of equitable development from the Government particularly after scrapping of Article 370 and formation of Union Territory and all their hopes of ending the decades long injustice again dashed to the ground because of such acts like latest allocation of unequal funds to both regions. The association failed to understand the logic behind this unequal distribution.”

He said that at this important juncture when the tourism sector of both the regions is affected in an equal way and is on the brink of disappearance, the Government’s unequal disbursement of funds has impacted the emotions of Jammu people, causing them complete injustice.

Gupta said that the Government needs to come forward and announce an equal relief package in favor of Jammu tourism sector, and remove all disgraces of discrimination. He also said that the Government should exempt the tourism sector from various Government fees and charges till J&K UT becomes free from the pandemic.

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