CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Sunday expressed concern over lack of basic amenities to the people in this chilling winter and asked the government to take immediate measures for improving the power scenario and ensuring availability of daily needs.
He said that the government is not bothered about the woes of the people in the intense cold and demanded that every effort be made to provide respite to them by augmenting the basic amenities.
According to the statement, Tarigami said that the prevailing unscheduled power cuts have pushed people to the wall and in the freezing temperature the people have been deprived of ration, sugar and kerosene oil. Complaints of erratic power cut galore and the government often attribute tough curtailment schedule to the reckless usage of electricity by people which is nothing but a mere excuse. There is an immediate need for effective measures to bridge the gap between availability and consumption of electricity, and set up a dependable power delivery system in the state.
“It seems like the Durbar Move government has gone into deep slumber and people are left in a distress situation to get their day to day issues redressed,” Tarigamisaid and added that “transformers damaged in most of the habitations are not replaced and more-so the low voltage is a concern for the student community and the health services.”
On developmental front, he said that the pace of execution and implementation of welfare projects and programmes have got retarded having a direct impact on the livelihood and welfare of the common masses.
“Favouritism in the allocation of works is dominant and delay in the release of payments is bothering the poor wage earners. The money meant for poor goes into the pockets of corrupt officials and influential contractors,” he said and added that “poor people have to make rounds of government offices without their problems being redressed. These helpless souls have to pay bribes to government officials even to get small issues solved.”
He further said that “it is high time that the government wakes up from the deep slumber and at least solves the day-to-day issues of common people on priority. Issuing mere statements and rhetoric won’t work.”