Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, DoPT, Pensions, Space and Atomic Energy, Jitendra Singh today said Basohli richly deserves to be declared as ‘Heritage Town’ and BJP has always put forward this demand but there is always lack of support from the State Government.
“BJP officially recognizes Basohli as a separate district in its organizational set-up but the State Government has constantly denied it the status of a district,” Dr Singh said while addressing a series of public meetings in Basohli Assembly constituency here.
The art and painting of Basohli is hailed and promoted worldwide except in the State of J&K which is a sad irony, said Dr Singh and described this as a glaring instance of ‘cultural’ discrimination with Jammu due to Kashmir-centric approach of Government.
“The monuments and scenic spots of the area richly deserve to be developed as tourist spots,” he added. The Union Minister said BJP will strive for justice and due attention for Basohli.
He also reiterated the demand for a separate hill district comprising Bani-Basohli-Billawar.
He however, appealed for a vote for BJP so that these long standing demands of the area can be addressed. (AGENCIES)