People continue to protest against the scarcity of essentials in Srinagar and adjoining areas, accusing the state authorities of rubbing salt over their wounds by promising what never was seen on ground.
KNS correspondent has informed that as 27 days have so far passed since the worst ever floods struck Kashmir leaving thousands homeless and helpless; people are at present on streets, protesting against the scarcity of ration, water and power. They accuse that the state government is yet to fulfill its promises of relief and rehabilitation and nowhere in the deluged city, any person claiming to be their representative is present. “The government has done nothing to end our woes; we are homeless and no one to mitigate the losses. The government even failed to provide us ration. We are even ready to buy ration it the authorities are reluctant in giving it free of cost. All we want is to have it in our homes so that our children could not starve,” said Mehraj-ud-din, a Qamarwari resident.
Also Police registered a case against three ghat munshis posted at Ilahi Bagh, Shutra Shahi and Batmaloo for violating a government order in which they were directed to remain present in their offices for three hours a day during floods to avoid any ration scarcity.
Scores of people from Hazratbal, Buchpora, Habak, Naseem Bagh, MalaBagh and other adjoining areas complained that so far the promises made by the government are yet to be fulfilled and the serious dearth of ration is being felt on ground with no state official visiting them to listen to their grievances.
People from various areas maintained that they have been taken for ride by the authorities as the government claims and announcements contradict the reality being witnessed on ground in Srinagar and other adjoining areas of Kashmir valley.
“We heard that ration was provided to the people at various areas but there are scores of other localities that are in the desperate need. The areas wherein the flood victims have taken refuge must be looked into so that appropriate measures are taken by the state government in ending the crises that are being felt on ground,” Rameez Ahmad, a government employee said.
Residents of Khanyar and Soura also complained that there is acute shortage of rice in the localities. People also stated that the floods victims are facing are facing numerous difficulties due to scarcity of ration and other essentials.