While calling the interest shown by political parties outside mainstream in day-to-day public interest issues a welcome gesture, the CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has said the need of hour was that the government of India must shun its rigidity and show flexibility in reaching out to the voices of dissent in Kashmir. He said, “Time is ripe to have a broader platform cutting across ideological difference.”
Addressing a public rally at Kulpora village in South Kashmir the CPI (M) leader said there is also a dire need to have a broader platform cutting across the ideological differences in order to address the sensitivities of the issues pertaining to the people. “Let me inform all my friends who are still outside the mainstream political spectrum that shirking from their responsibilities towards their people will not undermine the sensitivities of issues that need a political resolution. When you raise voice on day-to-day issues pertaining to people; it will never change the perception of other important issues,” he observed.
Urging the leadership of the country, to take some concrete measures to reduce estrangement and alienation among people in Kashmir the CPI (M) leader said, “There is a dire need for course correction and to begin with, the government of India must reach out to dissenters.”
As per a statement the CPI (M) State Secretary has also expressed his serious concern over the state of affairs in government hospitals and the reports pouring in about the spurious drugs being supplied to them. He reiterated that the government must come out with the facts about these complaints. The CPI (M) leader urged the government to constitute a high level committee to probe the functioning of the government hospitals including SKIMS, its affiliate medical college, valley’s children hospital, maternity and the state hospital. “There is a need to strengthen the vigilance in different purchase committees that approve the procurement of medicines and machinery for these hospitals,” he added.
The issue of ending endemic corruption, including combating the menace of bribery, needs to be addressed with both sincerity and speed. The government claims to have taken a series of measures to meeting the challenges posed by corruption in public life. However, the impression remains that it is ineffective in tackling the scourge of corruption, which is affecting all walks of our life and making the common citizen, who has no money or influence, its victim. Tarigami said the delivery of public services in a time-bound manner at district, sub district and block level, if implemented efficiently, could become a single most revolutionary step imparting relief at the cutting edge level.
Regarding the persistent public demand for return of power projects, Tarigami said the threw are government of India constituted working group recommendations in support of this legitimate public demand and the government of India must sympathetically consider the same keeping in view the dismal power scenario of the state.