Jammu: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla today said that coalition Govt has miserably failed to address the grievances of people of the State. Addressing deputation from Rani Bagh in Gandhi Nagar constituency he said that people in all the three regions are the worst hit due to failure of administration, in mitigating their sufferings. Multiple issues concerning people in the regions are being ignored. Non availability of electricity and essential commodities has added miseries to the people.
Describing the present chaos as a result of misgovernence of elected Govt in the State, Bhalla said that people of the Jammu and Kashmir are worst hit in every respect. “Unemployment has risen considerably and administration nowhere visible on the ground in the regions,” he said. Referring to the Food Security Act, Bhalla said that this scheme was not applicable to J&K State and it should not have been implemented without being debated or passed by the State Legislature in order to safeguard the interests of the people of the State, but the administration is deliberately creating confusion among the masses on this count and doesn’t bother about the massive protests by the people against the Food Security Act. He said that people are facing acute shortage of ration for the past few months, as the government has failed to supply the sanctioned scale of ration while sugar has not been provided for the past around four months, which has caused a great resentment amongst people.
Expressing concern over the prevailing circumstances in the State, Bhalla said Govt has miserably failed to address people’s grievances and urged upon the Governor to address the people’s concerns, in respect of development, rations, electricity etc. He claimed that Congress alone represents aspirations of the people in all the three regions and is committed for equitable development of the State. He said that coalition’s tall claims have proved hollow and they stood exposed in every field.Reacting over law and order situation in state, Bhalla said that in today’s social media-driven world, every message, word, emotion upload has a contributory effect on opinion. Attempts at dissuasion will hardly connect but everything disruptive will sync in seconds and go viral. Thus intelligence agencies, the police and army have to be sensitive to emerging situations.
Bhalla blamed both PDP and BJP for exploiting people by playing with their emotions on good governance drama being staged by them. He claimed that both the parties have lost the ground miserably. He said that Congress Party stands guarantee to the equitable development of all the three regions and the people. It will continue to serve the people to the best of its ability. He, while speaking on the occasion, said that there was complete chaos prevailing in the state due to misrule by the coalition government in the state, which disturbed the socio political scenario of the state to a great extent, he said.“Congress party is committed to resolve the issues confronting people and to fight against discrimination against people. It would continue to remain steadfast in serving the people.
Taking stock of the overall socio political situation obtaining due to misrule by PDP-BJP coalition government, Bhalla expressed deep concern over the multiple issues confronting people in the state. The meeting condemned the attitude of PDP-BJP coalition for not being serious about the well-being of the people. Expressing concern over the worst condition of electricity and other essential items in the state, He said that coalition government confined its self to Secretariat premises only, for the fact, it was not serious about the issues concerning people. Reiterating Congress party’s resolve to serve the people to the best of its ability, Bhalla urged the party to cadres to reach out to the people and get to know the issues confronting them in absence of essential items and make efforts to resolve these at their own level, he said.
Highlighting worst power scenario in state, Bhalla said that making mockery of the coalition government’s ‘agenda of alliance’ the Centre has made it clear to the State Government that the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) cannot pay or give share to the State on the projects that it runs in the State and advised the State to change its mindset. Further the State got no assurance from the Union Power Minister on transfer of two hydropower projects—Dul Hasti and Uri-I. It needs to be mentioned that the ‘agenda of alliance’ did mention the issue of increasing the royalty to the State and return of some power projects to it.
Bhalla exhorted the people to defeat the communal and divisive forces who are posing threat to the secular fabric and the unity and integrity of the state and the country. He said that secularism and unity in diversity is the basic strength of our nation and Congress would not allow this to be weakened. He said that Congress stands guarantee to maintain religious brotherhood in order to strengthen the unity and integrity of the country. He said that both PDP and BJP played regional and emotional cards to hoodwink the people for wining elections and later betrayed them for the sake of power. He said that the PDP-BJP which had made several promises to the people of the state before coming to power has proved to be a damp squib after coming to power. “They have failed to fulfil promises they had made with the people,” Bhalla said. He accused the government of being embroiled in controversies, “They are more embroiled in controversies rather than focusing on providing governance to the people.
He was also apprised about the erratic power supply and the deterioration in the water supply schemes at several places. He said that the work on the sectioned projects under RGGVY phase-II for electrification of left out areas, have not been started despite lapse of over one year. The present government has only changed the name of the scheme to ‘Deen Dayal Upadhaya scheme’, as part of its ‘branding and packaging’ expertise. Similarly defunct and defective water supply schemes at several areas have not been taken care of.Bhalla lashed out at the Government for its failure to concede the demands of the daily wagers, needs based, C.P. workers, ITI trained and other such categories in PHE, Irrigation, Flood Control and other departments and urged the government to frame their regularization policy at the earliest.
2015 Kashmir Despatch