SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday rued administrative apathy and development deficit wide spread across Jammu and Kashmir, saying there is no semblance of good governance and accountability on ground.
While addressing a meet of party functionaries at Nawa e Subah, Party’s north zone president, and Member of Parliament from Baramulla Muhammad Akbar Lone said a year has passed since the measures of August 5 were carried out by center but none of its claims about ushering an era of peace and prosperity in J&K have come true.
“Conversely a functioning, democratic, and effective setup of a state was besmirched and dismembered. Today J&K is no less than a dysfunctional anarchy. A coterie of officers cannot replace people’s representatives on account of their unrepresentative and nonpolitical nature. There is no semblance of good governance on ground; people are at cross roads and hankering for basic, effective and necessary civic amenities. Widespread administrative inertia and development deficit has become a new normal in J&K. The whole system has come to a standstill, with no succor coming for people from any quarter. All the vital sectors of J&K’s economy are ailing and breathing their last,” he said.
“If New Delhi wants J&k back on the track of peace and development, it has to concede to the ground realities, it cannot turn volt face to the genuine worries and aspirations of the people of J&K. There cannot be total redemption of the situation in J&k unless New Delhi does not stand by its commitments it had made to the people of J&k from time to time. Continuing with iron-fist strategy will only compound the issues on ground. J&k is its people,” he said.
He also expressed dismay over the failure of GOI to ensure safety and security of political workers in J&k.
“On the security front, the GOI has not been able to ensure safety and security of the citizenry of J&K in particular the political workers. There is an atmosphere of fear in J&K, and administration is clueless about it. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that administration is clueless on every front. The response of the administration to COVID-19 induced crises and successive weather vagaries since august last year has been dismal. People have been left to fend for themselves. Officials have become law unto themselves shorn of even slightest concern for people,” he said.
The meet was attended by Provincial VP Mohammad Syed Akhoon, Peer Afaq, Syed Tauqeer, GN Tailbali among others.