Kishtwar, Dec 17: Former Minister of State Home and National Conference MLC Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo on Sunday described the PDP-BJP dispensation as anti-poor and anti development, saying due to administrative inertia and lack of political direction the sufferings of the people have increased manifold during over past three years.
“The insensitive coalition government has pushed people to the wall, as unemployment has increased, prices have risen and developmental activities got huge dent”, Kichloo said at a function here, adding that the remote and far-off areas are undergoing nightmarish era.
The function has been organized to welcome prominent activists and persons of Dachan area into National Conference fold. They included Ragunath Thakur Retired Forest Range Officer from Lopara Dachhan, Retired Sub Inspector Kanshi Ram of Sounder Dachhan, Munshi Ram of Kibber Dachhan, Kulbir Singh of Sounder Dachhan, Manager at private company and others.
Referring to the miseries of the people in Kishtwar District, Kichloo said the scenario is no different in the entire state. He said people in general were suffering on account of price hike, non availability of ration, drinking water, roads. He expressed concern over poor delivery system in the remote areas like Dachhan, Marwah and Warwan. He said that recent announcement of hike in ration quota under Mufti Mohammad Syed Food Entitlement Scheme is merely an eyewash and called upon the government to provide the ration to the people at affordable prices. He said the people living in far flung areas of Kishtwar District are poor and cannot afford to buy ration @Rs. 15 per kg.
The former minister said that the much hyped air service between Jammu-Kishtwar is unaffordable for the poor, as the middle class segment of society cannot effort to pay Rs. 4000 per passenger. He called upon the government to fix the price of the ticket at Rs.2000 per passenger to give respite to the poor. He said the service is presently non-functional, which speaks about the seriousness of the present dispensation.
On the developmental inertia, Kichloo said that several welfare initiatives taken by the previous Omar Abdullah government have been abandoned, which include Rural Electrification Scheme. He said that due to anti people policies, both BJP and PDP are facing rebellion within the party ranks as a result of which many of their workers are joining National Conference. He said that coalition is on sticky wicket and assured the party workers that he and other party leaders will raise the issues of public importance in the upcoming Budget Session in the Legislative Council schedule to begin from January 2, 2018 at Jammu.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Imtiyaz Ahmed Zarger, Asif Qazi, Kartar Singh, Mohammad Sharif Kelam, Gulam Ali (Ex Sarpanch Teller) and others. (KNS)