Appealing government to have concern for the people of border area Machil, Peoples United Front (PUF) leaders Dr Shah Faesal and Er Rasheed have promised special attention to far-flung areas like Machil, Keran, Karnah and Gurez if voted to power.
The spokesman said that PUF leaders addressed many gatherings in Machil, Doodi, Ringbala, Ring-Payeen, Duppel, Chakki, Chonthwari, Poshwari, Miserybahak and other places. Summing up the findings of the visit spokesman said; “It is strange that while state and central Governments have been making tall claims about providing packages to remote and border areas but nothing seems to have changed on the ground and the people of Machil have been forced to a life of back to the stone age. The road from Kalaroos to Machil is in shambles and the condition of inter-valley roads including Machil Ringbala road and Machil Duppel Road. There is no mobile connectivity. The condition of Schools is worst and the students from remote areas like Ring Bala have to travel even more than 20 kilometres on foot.
The people of the entire valley have been left at the mercy of army but unfortunately, despite providing a helping hand in resolving certain problems, the army has preferred to restrict the movement in the area by creating barriers at every nook and corner. Like Karnah one has to get prior permission before visiting Machil valley as if Machil is not part of J&K, the spokesman said.
In the absence of agriculture and horticulture land, there are the least resources of earning a livelihood. How can be anything more shameful than the fact that except providing power to two villages for just 3 hour a day, the entire valley is awaiting to offer a welcome to electricity since the past 70 years? At many places, the owned lands of inhabitants have been put to the other side of fencing thus rendering this entire land useless.
“In Ring Payeen where 80% of the population is migrated to the other of LOC, the remaining families are living a miserable life. The government must take note of Babuism in the valley as the revenue authorities rather providing a helping hand is displaying their power on helpless population and on occasions even does scrap their ration cards,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman accused successive governments of using Machil just as a vote bank and the height of their performance is visible by dilapidated roads, absence of a mobile network, lack of para-medical staff and deficiency of basic amenities.