Three days after a heavy snowfall brought normal life to a grinding halt in Kashmir Valley, National Conference Ali Muhammad Sagar Thursday refuted the allegations of Peoples Democratic Party that Government was buried under 8 inches of snow.
He said that his movement and that of others were restricted because of the Model Code of Conduct that is in vogue in Jammu and Kashmir. “We can’t help people and provide relief to them. We can’t use State Machinery to take people out of trouble as you know our movement is restricted by Election Commission,” Sagar told Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS adding that despite this the government is doing its best to relieve people from the miseries.
Sagar castigated PDP for criticising the government and said that all the ruling Ministers and legislators are in touch with the people while administration at district levels are working hard to clear roads and restore electricity in every party of the Valley. “I admit that people faced a lot of inconvenience because of the heavy snowfall. But, we did our best and utilized all our resources to take people out of trouble.
He admitted that certain parts of South Kashmir including Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian are without electricity supply and locals especially opposition party complained about the absence of administration to deal with their problems. “This is not true. I along with Sajad Kitchloo are in touch with administration and people and we have used at least 43 fire tenders to drain out the water from the roads and lanes. All the departments including Power Development Department and R&B are working day in and day out to overcome the difficulties that people are facing.