‘NC has exploited people with rhetorical slogans’
Urging people to take advantage of the key welfare schemes launched by the government, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and Member Parliament, Mehbooba Mufti exhorted public representatives to ensure that the maximum deserving people get benefitted from these schemes in their respective constituencies. “The respective public representatives and the party workers should not only ensure effective implementation of the Government’s welfare schemes like Aasra and Laadli on the ground, but also monitor the same so that the benefits of these pioneering schemes reach as many deserving people,” Mehbooba said while addressing a day-long convention of the PDP cadres here. Enumerating the broader contours of these schemes, she said while under Aasra, all the families including widows and destitute with annual income of below Rs 75000 would get a free insurance cover. “And in case of the natural or accidental death or disability of the family’s breadwinner, the next of kin would get Rs 2 lakh while in case of partial disability of the breadwinner, the next of kin would get Rs 1 lakh,” she said and added that under the Laadli scheme, Rs 1000 would be deposited by the Government for 14 years in the account of a girl child born after 1 April 2015 to a family whose annual income is Rs 75000 or below. “After attaining the age of 21 years, the girl child would get a lump sum amount of Rs 6.50 lakh,” she said. Mehbooba said the waiver of surcharge on power and amnesty scheme would also go a long way in ameliorating the financial condition of the poor families who are unable to pay the hefty power bills as the electricity tariff was hiked by more than 500 times by the previous NC-Congress regime. Crediting PDP-led government’s of having pioneered ground-breaking initiatives on political, economic, developmental and social fronts both in 2002 and 2015, Mehbooba said despite having ruled the State for more than four decades, NC has only exploited the people with rhetorical slogans and has done nothing substantial for the social, economic and political welfare of the State and its people. “Unfortunately, during the past six years of NC-Congress rule, the State witnessed a virtual dismantling of all the institutions of governance with politico-contractor mafia ruling the roost and looting the exchequer during that dark era,” she said and added that the present Government has to make a fresh beginning to not only pull the State out of the morass but also revive the process of political reconciliation, economic rejuvenation and social emancipation. Referring to the developmental initiatives taken by the Government that would boost economy of Shopian and its adjoining areas, Ms Mehbooba said while the R&B Department has already ordered pre-feasibility study for construction of a tunnel on Mughal Road to provide all-weather connectivity between Kashmir and Jammu via Shopian, Rajouri and Poonch, a new national highway is being developed from Srinagar to Qazigund via Shopian that would further improve the physical connectivity of this apple-rich town with rest of the country making it a hub of economic activity. She said a new state-of-the-art Fruit Mandi spread over around 300 kanals of land is being developed at Aglar to boost the post-harvest management and marketing of apple and other fruits grown in the area. Mehbooba said a Maternity and a Model Hospital are also being established in the Shopian district to augment the healthcare facilities. She said similarly in education sector Model Schools with Smart Classrooms are being established in the district to provide best education facilities to the local boys and girls. Member Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Nazir Ahmad Laway, PDP legislators Advocate Mohammad Yousuf, Aijaz Ahmad Mir and Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, PDP General Secretary, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain, Political Advisor to PDP President and PDP Coordinator for South Kashmir, Mufti Sajad also addressed the convention.
2015 Kashmir Despatch