CPI (M) activists held a massive protest demonstration in Kulgam on Monday against ‘dismal’ functioning of Public Distribution System (PDS), food security bill, hike in electricity fee, ‘miserable’ power scenario and pending pension cases of widows, old age, orphans in the social welfare department. A large number of CPI (M) activists marched from Bus Stand to Town Hall Kulgam carrying placards, Banners and shouting slogans. The demonstration culminated into a public rally at Town Hall Kulgam which was addressed by State Secretary CPI (M) and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami.
Expressing serious concern over the administrative inertia afflicting the developmental situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the CPI (M) State Secretary held the blame-game between coalition partners directly responsible for a lackluster approach of the officers on the ground.
Tarigami said, “It is unfortunate the two coalition partners in the State have presently nothing common in-between except for the accusations and counter accusations which has badly affected the State’s hapless people.” Adding “What type of delivery, one can expect from the officers, when their ministers are leveling serious allegations against each other? The present dispensation was expected to deliver on the ground but its dismal performance gets reflected in every sector of life,” he observed.
Tarigami said the coalition partners in the State have remained to a large extent unsuccessful to live up to the purpose and aims set by the people through their mandate as almost all tall promises made by them have been left unaddressed during the last five years. He said that not only the development of infrastructure has come to a grinding halt during these years but the government has not been able to solve the basic problems of people.
“Various centrally sponsored schemes are yet to be completed even if quick announcements of projects were made across the state. The much hyped Panchayat elections has now concluded in a lackadaisical attitude of the government towards empowerment of Panchayat representatives. This has incremented into the element of vulnerability of these village heads. Similarly, most parts of the state are reeling under constant darkness in absence of electricity. There is no movement forward vis-à-vis the much hyped return of power projects from the NHPC,” he added.
“It is ironic, that the state government takes pride in saying that it purchases power on much higher rates then the revenue it can realize from the consumers. Whether right or wrong, this statement puts a question mark on the administrative efficiency of this government,” Tarigami said.