2 colleges for Khowripora, but none for highly literate Dachnipora

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 2/9/2019 12:13:41 AM

ANANTNAG, Jan 8: The sanction of three degree colleges to three nearby villages of Mattan area of this southern district within the radius of 15 kms has left the people of Dachnipora belt of the district fuming as they allege the area was completely ignored by the authorities.
Governor administration recently sanctioned opening of forty two new colleges to various areas of the state even as twenty six of them had already been sanctioned by the previous BJP-PDP government. The colleges will be opened in a phased manner.
In Anantnag district the authorities sanctioned degree colleges for Silgam Aishmuqam, Mattan township and Chattisingpora villages.
Silgam and Mattan located in Khowripora block of the district are at a distance of just eight to nine kms while as Chattisinghpora village, though falling in Shangas assembly constituency is just six kms from Mattan.
However Dachnipora, located on right side of Lidder river and divided into two assembly constituencies, Bijbehara and Pahalgam, was not sanctioned even a single college for over two dozen villages.
People of the area allege both the previous government and governor administration discriminated against the area. Many youth took to social media to express their anger over ignoring the vast belt and sanctioning two colleges to other area within the radius of nine kms.
"Both ruling and opposition parties failed to provide degree college to Dachnipora. Sad and unfortunate. Elections are coming near. We will show you the lesson," wrote a facebook user, Jaffar Hussein.
Iftikhar Lone, another facebook user from Sirhama village of Dachnipora wrote, "Degree colleges at Mattan and Silgam. Now we have GDC Anantnag, GDC Silgam, GDC Mattan, WC Anantnag, all within the radius of 15 kms. In Dachnipora none from Pahalgam down to Bijbehara and from Khiram-Sirhama to Sangam Bijbehara".
Dachnipora and Khowripora belts of Anantnag are divided by Lidder with former much ahead in literacy rate than later.
Students of several villages of the area falling in Pahalgam assembly constituency including Kullar, Wullarhama, Dahwatoo, Nagipora, Veersiran, Sallar have to travel around 30 to 35 kms to reach the degree colleges in Bijbehara or Anantnag townships.
Mehraj-u-din Shah, a resident of Srigufwara considered to be heart of Dachnipora belt wondered over the wisdom of the authorities to sanction three colleges to three nearby villages in the same area and none to Dachnipora. "One wonders on what basis the authorities sanction these colleges. If literacy rate and number of higher secondary schools in an area are the basis for the same then Dachnipora deserves the college most. People of the area must rise against this discrimination," Shah said.
He also accused the political workers of worshipping the politicians only for their personal benefits. "When it is a question of public good they remain silent," Shah said.



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