The former chief minister and NC working president Omar Abdullah Monday castigated the state government over handling of the recent flood like situation in valley, saying its ministers are speaking to people in different languages.
According to KNS correspondent, Omar while taking part on the debate in the Legislative Assembly over the recent flood like situation that emerged in valley after the incessant rains said the present government has to differentiate between ‘few drops of rains and catastrophe which JK witnessed last year in September’.
“You cannot compare two feet of water level with the 25 feet which we witnessed last year. The massive destruction which the state witnessed last year cannot be compared with the recent situation,” Omar said.
Talking a dig at the present government, the former chief minister said its ministers have confused the people of the state and especially of Kashmir valley by issuing contradictory statements in public. “One minister said Kashmir has been saved from devastating floods while as the other says there was no flood in valley but the water logging. This is confusing- Government has to clarify its stand.”
He added that if the government would have witnessed the similar situation to that of the last year, it would have been routed.
Claiming that more than 14000 houses were damaged due to the recent incessant rains, Omar said he himself has visited various areas wherein people complained that no government is visible on ground. “I also want to ask this government what it has done to the proposal of 44 thousand crore rupees which his government sent to the GoI for approval. Has that proposal pursued or not. There are also complaints that political interference is marring the relief distribution in the affected areas. We demand that the relief amounts must be transferred directly to the back accounts of the affected families.”
Cornering the state dispensation, Omar stated that it must come out of the oblivion that entire Kashmir is Lal Chowk. “You have drained out the waters from Lal Chowk but the remaining areas are still inundated. There is crops damaged at large scale in valley. Our government accorded free ration for six months, you gave it for three months, if you want to soothe the sufferings of people.”
He also pitched for rectifying the drainage system in Kashmir valley including Srinagar due to which the issue of water logging emerged.
Later CPI (M) leader and MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, MLAs Ajaz Mir, Mubarak Gul, Shakti Raj, Abdul Rahim Rather, Engineer Rashid, Ishafaq Jabar, Javaid Rana and others also took part in the debate.