SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday sought immediate rehabilitation of the families whose possessions and properties were destroyed in the Kanimazar locality of the Srinagar following a gunfight there.
Impressing upon the government to facilitate the speedy reconstruction of the gutted Srinagar locality, Party’s Senior Leader and former Speaker Mubarak Gul lamented the laidback attitude of the administration in providing assistance to the people whose sole possessions and lifelong savings were devoured in the encounter. “Whose duty is it to come to the rescue of people who have suffered? Unfortunately, the administration has closed its eyes to the woes of people who have incurred heavy losses due to the encounter. People have been struck with the worst nightmare of their lives and the apathetic attitude of the government is further pushing them to the wall. Caught between the devil and deep sea, the affected are putting up under sky and hankering for food and other household items. The squalid conditions they are living in have put their well being in peril in view of the prevailing pandemic crises.”
The scale of destruction and the debris is frightening, the gutted houses, and charred belongings, smoked and half burnt books of children and mounds of rubble reveal the scale of ruin, he said while drawing the attention of government towards the plight of affected. “There is no way the affected can tide over the expenses of the reconstruction. Government is duty-bound to provide succour to the affected in the form of adequate ex gratia, and free distribution of building material. The divisional administration should also ensure all possible monetary, moral and administrative support to the affected in the reconstruction of the locality,” Gul said.
Total nineteen households have been impacted; Gul said while decrying the in-sensitiveness of the administration towards the trepidation of the affected. “The local Mohalla committee is crowdfunding for the rebuilding of destroyed but that won’t suffice. The destruction has plunged scores of locals into mental anxiety and trepidation. Future of scores of youngsters is in the lurch following the destruction of their academic belongings. It is not just rebuilding, the entire exercise of rehabilitation would require more efforts from the administration. I urge the government and the divisional administration to get in touch with the affected for necessary inputs to ensure timely and effective rehabilitation in a time-bound manner,” he said.
“Sanitary kits, free medical checkup and medicines should also be made available to the affected. I also appeal the affluent in our society to come to the rescue of the gutted locality and help them rise on their feet again. In addition, CAPD and other concerned departments should provide free ration to the affected families for the next six months.”