Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Senior Leader and Member of Parliament from Baramulla Muhammad Akbar Lone on Sunday expressed dismay over the callous attitude of the government towards the evacuation of Kashmiri students, laborers, traders stranded in different parts of the country.
Seeking special transportation arrangement for the return of all the stranded, Lone said, “States across the country are doing everything possible to ensure the safe return of stranded students, traders, devotees back to their native places in their respective states. Unfortunately J&K administration doesn’t seem to be serious enough in ensuring safe return of its people stranded across various cities in the country.”
He further added, “If central government can arrange for the reparation of Indians stranded abroad, why cannot it come to the rescue of stranded J&K students, laborers, traders and others? Likewise many state governments across the country are sending fleet of buses to fetch their stranded students back home to their native places. Why isn’t JK government thinking in that direction? I have been receiving various distress calls from such students, traders, and laborers from across the country. Their situation is pitiful as most of them are running out of money.”
“Laborers, in particular, are at the receiving end, they have already spent most of their hard-earned money. The impoverished lot is in distress and have set their eyes on the administration of J&K to come to their rescue and unite them with their families back home,” he said.
Lone urged the government to use all possible means of transportation available with it to fetch all the stranded J&K Laborers, students and other back to their native places in J&K. “Meanwhile, the central government and the J&K administration should arrange for their food and other basic necessities. They should also think towards having special nodal officers to oversee the basic needs, sanitation and requirements of the stranded in all the states,” he said adding, “It is not just the stranded, who are going through hardships, their kith and kin back home are also going through trepidation fearing for the wellbeing of their loved ones. Unifying the stranded students, laborers with their families will unquestionably bring respite to the sufferers at both ends.”