SRINAGAR: Former minister and National Conference Sr State Vice President Mr Surjeet Singh Slathia on Monday said that peace and governance has taken a big hit under the PDP-BJP Government in Jammu and Kashmir, an NC spokesman said.

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NC leader Surit Singh Slathia speaking to a public gathering in the constituency he represented earlier. Photo: NC

“While the present insensitive dispensation has plunged the State into unprecedented crisis, the development has come to grinding halt and governance is at the lowest ebb”, Slathia said while addressing a huge workers rally at Nanpur Ramgarh in Vijaypur Assembly Constituency this afternoon.

The former minister said due to wrong policies of the coalition dispensation the normal life in entire state is in jeopardy, especially as the government has lost will to govern. The lack of political direction has terribly impacted the administration that is seen wanting in every sector. In this context, he referred to the administrative breakdown, developmental paralysis and poor condition of utility services which has led to acute drinking water scarcity and frequent load shedding in most parts of Jammu. This has made the life of people, particularly in the Jammu region miserable. Similar is the scenario with respect to rations, provision of agriculture inputs to farmers and lack of basic minimum necessities to the people, Slathia said, adding that the people are disillusioned and disenchanted with the present government.

Slahtia decried diversionary tactics being adopted by both the coalition partners to cover up their failures. “They are more talking politics and less attending to the woes of the people that has created a peculiar situation”, he said and referred to various contentious issues raked up by PDP and BJP to satiate their constituencies. He said there are inherent contradictions between the two on important matters of governance. While the people have been left to fend for themselves, the two parties were indulging in real politik to escape responsibility, he maintained.

The Sr State Vice President dwelt on a volley of subjects especially the government’s lackadaisical attitude towards the border dwellers and its unpreparedness in meeting the exigencies like flash floods in the ensuing monsoon season. He cautioned the government to take lessons from its failures in meeting the challenge during monsoon rains last year and make exigency plans so that the people do not suffer. In this context, he made a mention of pitiable response of the BJP partnered PDP dispensation in provide respite to such of the families who suffered adversely in the Vijaypur constituency last year. He asked the administration to prepare an exigency plan in this regard.

Referring to various issues pertaining to the Vijaypur constituency, he said that though the present government is looking to the other side when it comes to solving these yet National Conference will highlight these in all forums to seek solution to these.


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