Soaring unemployment, lack of basic civic amenities defines today’s Srinagar: NC

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday expressed concern over the worn-out and crumbling infrastructure, soaring urban unemployment and paucity of basic civic amenities in the city of Srinagar, saying the residents of Srinagar are feeling left out and disappointed.

While expressing concern over the indifference of the incumbent J&K government towards maintenance, and up-gradation of civic amenities and infrastructure in the Srinagar city, Party’s Senior Leader, and Former Speaker Mubarak Gul said the present regime has turned its back to the development requirements of the city. “The infrastructure one gets to see around in the Srinagar city in terms of recreational parks, sewage treatment plants, drains came up during the NC led governments from time to time.  In the health sector also the up gradation and augmentation of the infrastructure at major and minor public hospitals in the city took place during the last NC led government,” he said.

He said the incumbent J&K government is deliberately meting out step-motherly treatment to the people of Srinagar.  “The last time the suburbs of Srinagar had seen some development activity picking up in their locales was when Omar Abdullah was CM.  Primary, secondary and tertiary health care centers haven’t seen any amplification in their basic infrastructure. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that it has hit an all-time high. There is no accountability on the ground; there is no semblance of good governance on the ground.  The widespread disarray and unaccountability that has beset the administration in J&K has plunged the urban life of Srinagar city into chaos. Drudging of the city’s waterways, installation of additional water pumps, macadamization of interior alleys and roadways have been left in a limbo. The administration has also miserably failed to upkeep the important landmarks, heritage buildings and shrines in Srinagar,” he said.

Burgeoning unemployment in the city of Srinagar is worrisome, Gul said while drawing the attention of the government towards the increasing unemployment in Srinagar. “Measures like special placement drives, and introduction of skill development courses in city colleges, doling out of bank loans for urban youth and special employment drives have all been forgotten by J&K administration. On the contrary, it has choked the already diminutive avenues of employment for city youth by coming up with new domicile law,” he said.

Meanwhile, Party’s Provincial Vice President Muhammad Syed Akhoon addressed a meet here at party headquarters Naw e Subah. He lamented the lack of concern of the government towards alleviating the problems the people of Srinagar are facing. He said the Srinagar city has long been rescinded from the development radar of the government and the government has failed to give Srinagar its due share in development being the summer capital of J&K.  Among others district president Peer Afaq Ahmed, Er Sabiya Qadri, Ahsan Pardesi were also present.

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