Srinagar, June 30 :Taking serious cognizance of tardy post-flood rehabilitation process and an apathetic approach adopted by the union government towards fiscal needs involved therein, MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami and MLA Khansahib Hakim Mohammad Yaseen Tuesday urged the State government to convene a special session of assembly in view of present precarious situation facing people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The dismal scenario of post-flood rehabilitation, paltry central assistance for flood victims, marginal importance to flood protection mechanism, so called new recruitment policy, controversy engulfing the establishment of educational and health institutions like AIIMS, IITs and IIMCs, delay in reconstitution of PSC, precarious power situation, lack of development on ground and other host of public interest issues have made it imperative for the government to convene a special session of the assembly,” Tarigami, Hakim said They said it is highly unfortunate that successive governments in J&K have failed to hold sufficient number of sittings or debates on issues of public interest, legislation and budgets. “This habit of holding sessions with fewer average days than the sessions of Parliament is taking a heavy toll on issues with huge public importance. It is advisable that the government convenes a special session to discuss these issues and come up with the solutions,” the two leaders asserted.
They urged the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed not to underestimate the public grievances, simmering on account of administrative inertia and lack of political direction or otherwise it would be a huge injustice with the mandate to his party. They advised the PDP led government to rise above partisan politics and try to address the demands of the people on merit.
The two MLAs remarked that the people of Kashmir are genuinely concerned about safety of their lives and the property as the government seems least bothered about chalking out and acting upon a time bound flood protection mechanism in the state.
The MLA Kulgam and Khansahib stated that almost all sectors of socio-economic development of the state seem to have been thrown in a state of impasse. “See the condition of our national highway, dilapidated roads, precarious power situation, defunct water supply and irrigation projects especially in various districts of South Kashmir. Peoples were made to believe that there will be liberal funding from the central government but unfortunately as of now even normal funding for works taken in emergency is not being made available.”
Voicing their serious concern over union government’s cold shoulder approach towards proposed flood rehabilitation package the two leaders said that instead of a liberal funding for the calamity hit Jammu and Kashmir, the defence ministry’s bills raised in lieu of its assistance to the state government in its rescue and relief operations have rubbed salt to the wounds of flood victims of the state.
“Instead of extending a helping hand by way of waving off its charges, the defence ministry’s huge bills seems to have given credence to its partisan approach and derided the voices favouring a wedlock between two parties seemingly with irreconcilable political and ideological positions,” Tarigami and Hakim said adding that the coalition government in the state must respect the genuine public concern and convene a special session of the assembly to discuss this ironical situation without any further delay.
While referring to the new employment policy, the two leaders termed it as anti-youth and irrational policy that is bound to create insecurity among educated unemployed youth. Similarly the two leader expressing dismay over the failure of the government in re-constitution of Public Service Commission (PSC) saying that the government’s lack of interest in making this institution functional is jeopardizing the future of thousands of youth in the state.(KNS)
2015 Kashmir Despatch