Srinagar, June 18: National Conference on Thursday lashed out at the Mufti Sayeed Government for adding ‘insult to the injury’ of thousands of flood victims by co-authoring a paltry Flood Relief Package that amounts to nothing more than a cruel, ruthless joke with the people of the State.
Addressing a press conference NC General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar who was flanked by NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani and NC Central Zone President Ali Mohammad Dar, said, “The State’s Finance Minister had – in a brazen show of insensitivity to the flood victims – declared that he was satisfied with the paltry Flood Relief Package and that, contrary to dramas being enacted by other PDP leaders, this statement officially makes the Mufti Sayeed Government equally culpable in this atrocious and grave injustice.”
Sagar said, “PDP had foisted elections on the flood victims in the midst of devastation in the State with the promise of ensuring their dignified rehabilitation. PDP preferred its political rehabilitation with the BJP over the rehabilitation of the flood victims at a time when thousands of flood victims were literally without a roof over their heads and were sleeping on the roads. This brought all the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the State Government to a grinding halt due to the electoral model code of conduct and the fact that the entire Administration was diverted towards the electoral process in the State. Today, more than nine months have passed and the Mufti Sayeed Government has finally co-authored with the Central Government a Flood Relief Package of a mere 551 crores in actuality instead of the 44,000 crore package demanded by the previous National Conference led Government.”
“Fact of the matter is that the State’s own elected Government and especially its Finance Minister thwarted the 44,000 crore Flood Relief Package proposal by questioning its accuracy on the floor of the Legislative Assembly. While doing so, the State’s Finance Minister neither stated if the 44,000 crore was an overestimation or an underestimation according to the Mufti Sayeed Government – nor did the Mufti Sayeed Government come up with an alternate proposal that could have been submitted to the Central Government as a replacement. This is where the injustice that has been meted out to the flood victims today first emanated from and this despicable politicization of a Relief Package by the Mufti Sayeed Government has resulted in the tragic and contemptuous abandonment of the flood victims by the Government of India – so the State Government is an architect and a co-author of this travesty. The 44,000 crore Flood Relief Package proposal was prepared after the Administration carried out an elaborate assessment of damages to public infrastructure, private infrastructure, thousands of houses and losses suffered by the Business and Traders communities,” Sagar said.
“Some PDP leaders have issued statements expressing disappointment over this paltry Flood Relief Package and are now themselves saying that the PDP-BJP ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ has been reduced to a mere piece of paper. If these leaders then believe, as do we, that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed sold out to the BJP for the sole and singular aim of power, they should quit the party and apologize to the people for being a part of this sell-out. Unless that happens, these statements amount to nothing but brazen and pre-meditated attempts by the culprits to feign sympathy”, the NC General Secretary added.
“While two PDP Members of Parliament are trying to pretend that they are opposed to this cruel joke with the flood victims and openly calling the PDP-BJP ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ a ‘mere piece of paper’, the third Member of Parliament and the one that really matters in the party – being its President – is conspicuously silent over the plight of the flood victims and over this paltry Flood Relief Package. The PDP President’s silence indicates the party’s complicity in co-authoring this paltry Flood Relief Package that has come as a shocking disappointment to thousands of flood victims,” he said.
“In view of the complete and utter failure of the State Government to deliver relief and compensation to the Flood Victims, National Conference hereby demands that a Special Legislative Session is convened without any delays to discuss the Flood Relief situation in the State. We cannot allow PDP and BJP to insult and humiliate the flood victims in such a brazen and sadistic manner. The Special Legislate Session has become a necessity and should be convened as soon as possible,” Sagar added.
2015 Kashmir Despatch