Urging government not to deprive people of far-flung areas of basic amenities, PUF leader and AIP President Er Rasheed on Friday sought immediate attention of the government to compensate the farmers in Langate, Kupwara, Handwara and Lolab areas, whose crops have been damaged by inundated floods and hailstorm during last few weeks.
While visiting various villages during his two-day tour to these areas Er Rasheed interacted with masses and took stock of public issues. Rasheed also visited Dardpora, Gagal and Harden villages of Lolab area to express his sympathies with the three families, whose kins lost their lives in three separate incidents during natural calamities.
Rasheed expressed his displeasure towards the administration for not paying any ex-gratia to the families of victims. Rasheed also demanded the release of balance funds against various ongoing developmental works in district Kupwara. “Governor Administration must realize that entire Kupwara being a far-flung district needs special care and timely funding. District administration must discharge its duties with keen interest and honesty as it is difficult for common masses to reach the civil secretariat for the redressal of their grievances,” the spokesman quoted Rasheed as saying.
Rasheed demanded a special package for farmers and fruit growers whose property has been badly damaged due to recent floods and continuous hailstorm.
He said it makes no difference if government officials just visit the affected areas and create the hope but all this ends at nothing except fake assurances. State government must allocate proper funds to compensate victims of natural calamities.
Rasheed accused successive governments of using Kupwara district simply as a vote bank and then stabbing the entire population by not doing anything concrete for the uplifting of this border district.
He urged the Union Government to take measures immediately to provide four-lane connectivity from Srinagar to Kupwara and sought to extend of a Rail link to Kupwara.