Food Act: ‘Roll Back Anti-People Act at an Earliest,’ Mirwaiz asks PDP led Govt



Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing Friday congregation in Jamia Masjid on Dec 18 1
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing Friday congregation in Jamia Masjid on Dec 18.

Terming the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) in Jammu Kashmir as “inhuman and anti-people law meant to engulf Kashmiris in problems” by denying them ration, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (m) Chairperson, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said this law which has reduced the ration quota of the people from 35 kg per family to 5 kg per person was “designed at starving the people to Kashmir”.

Addressing the Friday congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, Mirwaiz said, “the government first reduced the kerosene oil quota of Kashmir, which witnesses chilling cold winters, by 8 lakh litres and now also decided to give subsidy only on LPG or kerosene oil to further complicate the matters for the people.”

Calling for rollback of this anti-people act at the earliest, he said, “in a state with a population of 1.35 crore people, the government had decided to give ration to only 95 lakh people while a whopping population of 40 lakh would be rendered food-less.” “People of the state were already getting less rice supply than the supply that is needed.”

“Jammu Kashmir is only getting 3,25,270 quintals of rice against the need of 4,75,000 quintals in a state where rice is the staple diet of the people and by further reducing the quantity of the ration, the government was creating a crisis-like situation,” Mirwaiz said and demanded 11 kg ration per person to every family on the previous pattern, which is being followed by different states as well.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing Friday congregation in Jamia Masjid on Dec 18

Mirwaiz said that its ironical that instead of focusing on ways and means to provide food and adequate ration to the people, in the winter months the government is planning on spending millions in organising Music Festivals and Gala events in the garb of promoting tourism on New Year’s eve.

The Hurriyat (m) chief called for an “immediate stop to these activities” and asked the government to focus on providing people with basic essentials like adequate ration.

Expressing concern over the enforced disappearance of three youth from Kupwara who were arrested by Territorial Army, Mirwaiz said, “the families of these youth are worried about their safety knowing how ordinary civilians have been detained by Indian forces in the past and subjected to custodial disappearances or killed in fake encounters after labeling them Militants.”

He castigated authorities over maintaining a criminal silence over this matter.

Condemning the action of forces of firing pellets at a youth, Suhail Farooq son of Farooq Ahmad Bhat, who is now battling for his life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Medical Institute at Soura, Mirwaiz said, “it was shameful on part of Police that they had not even registered an FIR into the incident, clearly suggesting that they were trying to cover up the issue.”

Meanwhile,  on the onset of the Islamic lunar month of Rabi-ul-Awal during which Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was born, Jammu Kashmir Awami Majlis-e-Amal is organizing a Seerat conference on Sunday, December 20 from 10:30 am to Zuhr Nimaz (afternoon prayers) at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal, on Monday December 21 after Dhur Prayers.

Mirwaiz will give a sermon at Masjid Muhajir-e-Millat Saraf Kadal and on December 25 Friday “Majlis Rahmatan Lil Alameen” will be held at Jamia Masjid Srinagar in which various Ulema and Islamic scholars would shed light on the life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).


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