Syed Yassen comments on rechristening
Erstwhile Sankoo block and its socio-economic impact
The government order of January 2010 for the creation of the new block “TGS” by bifurcating the existing Sankoo block in the lower suru valley in kargil distict is welcome. This division is based on the recommendation of the committie constituted by the local administration on the direction of the High court for proper verification in 2009. The committee was asked to look the intrest of all villages, place for headquaters and suggest a name for the block.But the government has taken more than two decades to take this decision. Sankoo was considered the largest block in the region and the state government in 1980`s wanted to creat a new block comprising Trespon, Saliskot, Tambis, Gund mangalpore, Kanoor and Minji areas. However due to overwhelming demand of the people the state had decided to set up a block at Saliskot . Since April 1984 , the block under consideration in laddakh affairs department was Saliskot. Meanwhile, Munshi Habbibullah, the then MLA was one of the powerful figuers in the politics of laddakh and the state officials recommended Saliskot as a preferred village for the block.The then chief minister of the state Dr. Farooq Abdullah was also recommended it in september 1984. There were series of documentation for the proposed block at Saliskot. However, in July 1985, then deputy Secretary to Governent has sought comment on the said block. In August 1985, the Deputy Director planning and statics has reffered a letter to the assistant commissioner Development Kargil for the action in the early date on the propsed block headquarters at Saliskot.Following it on the same year, the Assistant Commissioner Development Kargil refferred a letter date 6/8/1985 to district development kargil and requested of necessary action on the proposed block on the above said name.
In November 1985, the then deputy director refferred the letter to Assistant commisioner Development kargil to furnish some necessary information sought for the proposed block. In the December 1985 Assistant Commissioner kargil has refferred it to then District development commissioner kargil for the openning of the block head quarter at saliskot , the letter clearly indicate the villages to be included in the block comprising “Minji, Trespone, Saliskote, Lankerchey, Kanoor, Safi and batambis.” Keeping in consideration of all the requirements the letter has sought for the creation of new block at saliskote during 1986-89.
In February 1986, the Document was reffered from the district development commissioner to the Deputy secretary to government (Laddakh Affair Department) Jammu.And April 1988 it was referred from Deputy Secretary to Government to District Development commissioner for early remarks. The Development Commissioner then referred to the secretary to Government (Laddakh Affairs Department) srinagar for necessary action and has sought for the creation of new block at saliskot during 1988 to 89.
Why Saliskot? It has social, Cultural and economic reasons; First it is a homogenous village, the second is that it is the birth place of leading Ulema Agha Syed Mehdi Mousavi known for His Humanitarian and bold leadership. Before the partition, the officials from the army and locals would often visit the village to meet him. He was the person who protected poor from famines and uncertainties, collected the surplus produces of wealthy and distributed among those who in need. Other leading Ulema Agha Syed Jaffar Shah tought Islamic philosophies and thought to various islamic scholars of different places at his residence without the need of luxury building. At present Agha Syed Mohammed Shah first Ulema started Nimaz e Jumma (Friday prays) at Jamia Masjid Kargil Town and later at Jamia Masjid Saliskot, know Qazi(Islamic Jurist).
Besides these factors, the economic reason for the setting of a new block in saliskot was that it has a large geographical area. It has a Sheep farm, JNV, FCI and the District Jail. The quarters for the Block would thus be established without additional financial burden on the Goverment. Like these and many other Historical routes of the village, the block was put in place for approval since 1984, just few years after the creation of Kargil District.
Due to these aspects, it was thought about district headquater to be established at (koti thang) now graveyard at middle of the saliksot village in early 1980`s when kargil was not a separate district. Shiekh Abdullah, the architecture of the development of the state in post partition period was many times visited the village.
After the approval of Deputy Secretary to government, then District Development Commissoner Kargil to the secretary to government (Laddakh Affairs Department) during 1988, which has sought the creation of new block during 1988-89, was left unnoticed.
In later year to check the balance of the villages prepared resoulations. During 1988, the representatives of trespone, saliskot, tambis, G.M.Pore and kanoor have finally decided to name the block as “saliskot Trespone” block with head quarter in between “Thangboo saliskot to bus stand marpothang trespone”. However, in 2004 the block was opened at G.M.Pore with the headquater of Rahimthang without noticing the early historical records, interest of other villages, geography and other requirements that created imbalance among other villages. According to the census 2001, Trespone, Tambis and Saliskote have large population among five villages in the proposed block, Whilegeography and suitable location Trespone and Saliskot is of preferred. The recent committees order for “TGS” block has also lacked some practical implications which indicate the negligence of other villages. If for example “G” was included in the name list then why not another “T” and “K”, while Tambis is second largest populous villages. On the other hand it has under estimated various official documents that indicated Saliskote block until 1988 and in ending 1990`s, it was termed as Saliskot-Trespone block unoffically and there was no other name untile 2004. However, the recent order may be right to some extent and has to be accepted by all villages, because common people have suffered due to these fiuctuating views. Travelling to Sankoo crossing such a distance is very difficult particularly in winter season which has also lacked transportation.
Meanwhile, the government should initiate working of the block on the proposed site. If any of the villages objects to it, then at the cost of a single villages other villages should not be allowed to suffer and the functioning of the block should not be stopped. If discrepancy still persists, understimating 84 percent population that agreed upon for TGS, one option is to constitute a state level committee to analyze three stages: 1st analyse records since creation of the district (census 1981), Second to consult three villages in this stage like Trespone, Tambis and Saliskot, these are on the basis of population and area and thirdly consult another two villages G.M.Pore and Kanoor to find out their views. All these will find unbiased conculation. However, these process if bound to be time-consuming at the risk of lack of consensus. Hence, the newly proposed block “TGS” should be acceptable to all and be created according to the order so that it will contribute for the socio-economic development of these areas.