Track II Diplomats Concerned Over Absence of Local Government During Floods

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Expressing serious concern over the alleged non-functionality of the Jammu and Kashmir Government during the devastating deluge, eminent personalities active on track II front including former bureaucrats, interlocutors, Intelligence and Army officers have stressed on the need for taking urgent steps to streamline the local administration for efficient and equal distribution of relief material across the region and affected people.

As per local news agency, CNS, a meeting was held in New Delhi regarding the process of rehabilitation for flood affected people in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was attended by former Core Commander Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain, former interlocutors Dilip Padgounkar, MM Ansari, for RAW Chief AS Dulat, former Chairman Minority Commission Wajahat Habibullah, senior Advocate Supreme Court Ashok Bhan, former Governor Mizoram AR Kohli, former VC Kashmir University Reyaz Punjabi, former VC Central University M Sidiq Wahid, former member Planning Commission Sompal, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Forum General Secretary MM Shuja, Social activists and other businessmen.

The participants while criticizing the functionality of the local government have said that there was no off-take of relief material at many places in Jammu and Kashmir and to take the relief material to the needy people.

The participants according to CNS while commending the role of local brave-hearts for rescuing thousands of trapped residents felt the need for establishing a communication network. They said that effective governance is necessary for redressal of all kinds of grievances of people. The participants suggested that the political process of formation of the government through democratic process of election in the State should be completed on time. They said that any attempt to jeopardize State elections and formation of a popular government might render the governance dysfunctional, which are to be resisted.

The participants have said that they feel a need for the constitution of an independent group of experts who would take stock of the present situation of relief work, assess needs of people through intensive and extensive consultation, and suggest remedial measures for effective delivery of support services and for reconstruction of economic infrastructure.

Meanwhile the participants have agreed to form a core group that would not only assess the loss incurred by the people of Kashmir Valley but will also take care of the relief distribution process.

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