Srinagar, June 24: Prof. Saifuddin Soz, Senior Congress Leader and Former Union Minister, has said: “It is high time that the Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Syeed realizes, in full measure, that assurances of people like Ram Madhav, can no longer be taken seriously by anybody in Kashmir, after Modi Govt. has added insult to the injury for Kashmiris by declaring a structured relief package of Rs. 1500/- crores, against the demand of the State Govt. for Rs. 44000/- crores!”
Soz added, “Many credible institutions, representing opinion of the International Community, have already taken notice of the apathy of Modi Govt. towards Kashmiris, who suffered an unprecedented and devastating flood in September, 2014.”
The former union minister observed that now, after nine months since the floods, the Central Govt’s. team is expected to visit for a fresh assessment of loss and people like Ram Madhav still feel comfortable to extend false assurances regarding relief.
“Mufti Syeed Sahib would be well-advised to deal this subject himself directly with Mr. Modi and take the people of Jammu and Kashmir State into his confidence and explain the position to them, before it is too late! It will be wrong for the Chief Minister to be taken in by the false assurances of relief at this critical juncture when the unseasonal rains have further shortened the Working-Season in Kashmir, where the winter is going to set in quite soon.”
The former PCC chief said: “Mufti Sahib could also urgently consider to issue an earnest appeal to the people of Kashmir to come forward for donations for the relief victims and this could be done on a war-footing, after holding an All Party Meeting on this critical subject.”
2015 Kashmir Despatch