Srinagar, Dec 3: CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Sunday expressed concern over lack of
basic amenities to the people in this chilling winter and asked the government to take immediate measures for
improving the power scenario and ensuring availability of daily needs. He said that the government is not
bothered about the woes of the people in the intense cold and demanded that every effort be made to provide
respite to them by augmenting the basic amenities.
According to a statement, Tarigami said that the prevailing unscheduled power cuts have pushed people to wall
and in the freezing temperature the people have been deprived of ration, sugar and kerosene oil. Complaints
of erratic power cuts galore and the government often attribute tough curtailment schedule to the reckless
usage of electricity by people which is nothing but a mere excuse. There is immediate need for effective
measures to bridge the gap between availability and consumption of electricity, and set up a dependable power
delivery system in the State.
It seems with the Durbar Move government has gone in deep slumber and people are left in a distress situation
to get their day to day issues redressed. Transformers damaged in most of the habitations are not replaced
and more-so the low voltage is a concern for the student community and the health services.
On developmental front, he said that the pace of execution and implementation of welfare projects and
programmes have got retarded having a direct impact on the livelihood and welfare of the common masses.
Favouritism in allocation of works is dominant and delay in release of payments is bothering the poor wage
earners. The money meant for poor goes into the pockets of corrupt officials and influential contractors.
Poor people have to make rounds of government offices without their problems being redressed. These helpless
souls have to pay bribes to government officials even to get small issues solved.
It is high time that the government wakes up from the deep slumber and at least solves the day-to-day issues
of common people on priority. Issuing mere statements and rhetoric won’t work. (KNS)