‘PAGD crumbling sooner than expected’
Jammu, Jan 12: Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari Tuesday urged the Prime Minister Narendera Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to fulfill the promise of granting statehood status to erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir stating that the Government of India should also announce an “unemployment package” for the swelling number of unemployed youth of UT.
Addressing a press conference in Jammu, Bukhari said Apni Party got 5.5 vote share in the recently concluded DDC polls adding that the Apni Party re-started politics after the August 5, 2019 decision of 2019.
“We met PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed the 17 point agenda. Today, we urge the PM and the HM to fulfill the promise they made on the floor of the house and restore statehood to J&K,” Bukhari said.
While welcoming the new industrial package, he said that old industries should also be covered under the new package. “There are many youths who are still behind the bars, they should be released. Security situation has improved. Misguided youth are returning. Let there be an unemployment pension package at the rate of Rs 10,000 per youth, a month,” he said adding, “There are seven lakh unemployed youth in J&K. We buy missiles worth billions of rupees, can’t there be an unemployment package.”
To a query about PAGD, he said it was an alliance of the politicians for the politicians to show a new face to the people. “It was expected to crumble, but it crumbled before we expected it to fall,” he said.
Bukhari said that administration in J&K got buried under a few inches of snow and the Srinagar-Jammu highway closure has added to the misery of the people of UT.
“Earlier, we used to witness the highway closure once a month, now the situation has reached a point where high remains blocked for the entire month almost,” he said.
“GoI must send a fact finding team to J&K to get the real situation on ground. Nothing is good on the ground. Administration is defunct and there is no development taking place anywhere. Let a team assess the ground situation beyond the computerized representations,” Bukhari said. “There are no milk streams flowing in J&K as being projected wrongly by some quarters.”