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Shri Ram Sena alleges discrimination against Jammu by successive J&K governments
Over the years Kashmir centric governments have been ignoring Jammu division in growth and development leaving this largest region (both population wise and area wise) starving. This was stated by State President, Shri Ram Sena, Rajiv Mahajan in a statement issued today.
"Despite Jammu having the great potential of attracting both domestic and foreign tourists with extra-ordinary destinations in Chenab valley, Rajouri-Poonch belt and upper areas of Kathua district, the erstwhile governments did not bother to prepare projects and submit them to Central Government for financial support so that many such areas could be developed as attractive tourist destinations," he said.

He added that although some projects were undertaken from the beginning of this century in Jammu areas, yet they moved on a slow pace due to negligence of the authorities even though Jammu division, by and large, was peaceful as compared to Kashmir Valley.

"It was during a brief stint of the Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad that some projects took off in the region for example, the establishment of Tulip Garden in the vicinity of Jammu city. The Flower Garden at Bhour Camp in Jammu, which was inaugurated by the Azad on March 31, 2008, with the hope that it would become a major tourist destination, is now crying for immediate attention," he mentioned adding that the garden, which was raised at a cost of Rs 8.5 crore on 563 Kanals of land on the pattern of famous Tulip Garden in the Kashmir Valley, is still without a compound wall as a result, various varieties of flowers in the garden are being destroyed by cattle, which can be seen grazing there.

"Out of 563 kanals, seven varieties of flowers have been cultivated on 207 kanals," he said adding that the hope with which the garden was inaugurated to promote tourism in Jammu has completely died down because the caretakers of the garden are not provided with material for its maintenance.

Rajiv Mahajan further alleged that the Floriculture Department cannot maintain it properly as no discreet directions were given by the former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah or present incumbent Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

In the absence of a compound wall, he said, stray cattle enter the garden and graze in it and thirty gardeners have no option but to watch them destroy the garden helplessly.

So has been the approach of the former Coalition Government headed by Omar Abdullah and the now coalition Chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed towards developing tourist destinations in Kishtwar, Doda, Bhadarwah, Batote-Sanasar belt, this side of the Pir Panjal around Mughal Road, stunning lakes in Rajouri-Poonch and hilly areas in Bani and Basohli in Kathua district adjoining Himachal Pradesh.

Those who are now in power, especially representing Jammu, Rajiv said, have a moral duty to end this discrimination and to devote whole-heartedly to develop tourist infrastructure so that the region becomes hub of tourist activity in future.

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