Terming the public response to a strike call on the commemoration of last year’s devastating floods as ‘a wake-up call’, CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has said the central and the state government must now settle the post flood rehabilitation issues or otherwise be ready to face the consequences. In a statement to KNS, Tarigami also regretted the iron fist approach adopted by the state government to curb the protests of flood hit people. “The resolve of people to show their anger through a peaceful strike was unprecedented. This general strike being massive and widespread indicates that all is not well with the flood hit people who in most of the cases are still craving for interim compensation,” Tarigami stated. The CPI (M) leader demanded that the central government must act on the proposal mooted out by the previous government for rehabilitation of the flood hit people in Kashmir. He censured the PDP-BJP coalition government for its so called ‘agenda of alliance’ that had promised to rehabilitate the victims of the floods. “Even after a year, the rehabilitation of flood hit people is a long way to go. Except for passing the buck, both the central as well as the state governments have sofar failed to act on ground,” Tarigami added.
2015 Kashmir Despatch