Rajouri, Sep 7: Youth National Conference on Thursday blamed the PDP-BJP dispensation in Jammu and Kashmir for abandoning the developmental works taken up in the Rajouri district during the Omar Abdullah led government, saying this has brought the entire development process to grinding halt, resulting in poor utility services to the people, especially in remote and border areas.
Addressing a press conference here this afternoon, Youth National Conference Provincial President Mr Ajaz Jan questioned the claims being made by the ruling coalition and said nothing is moving on ground.
“We are witnessing developmental inertia and administrative collapse in the border district”, Mr Jan added.
He was flanked by National Conference District President Mr Shafayat Khan, Youth National Conference District President Mr Mati ul Rehman, Minority Cell President S. Nirman Singh besides Mr Shafqat Mir, Mr Aftar Lone and others.
Mr Jan said the Rajouri district was under the focused attention of the previous National Conference led government and a number of schemes were apace for ameliorating the lot of poor people but the present government, despite huge mandate, has not only neglected the area but is watching mutely people to suffer on account of development and the various other utility services. “The people of this district, like other areas of the state are feeling betrayed”, he added.
Mr Ajaz Jan referred to construction of Mini Secretariat, taken up by the previous government, and said due to infighting among the leaders and legislators of the ruling dispensation, the project has virtually been abandoned. “If this can happen to such a vital project, what can be expected hilly and remote areas”, he wondered and said that same is the position with Sports Stadium and alternate bridge projects, taken up during the previous regime.
The YNC Provincial President accused the PDP-BJP dispensation of changing the site of the Government Medical College for Poonch and Rajouri, got sanctioned due to strenuous efforts of the former Chief Minister Mr Omar Abdullah and said the new site will be problematic for the people of the two districts.
Referring to overall scenario of the district, Mr Jan said that 90 per cent interior and main roads were in dilapidated condition. Due to poor road network, not only mobility has been affected but the lives of traveling people remain in jeopardy due to risk involved. He also referred to the callousness of the present dispensation for not implementing the decision of the previous government with regard to new administrative units and said that tehsil office for Budhal and developmental block for Gambhir Mughlan have been shelved by the present government.
Mr. Jan and other NC leaders also cautioned BJP against any move to trample with the special status of state and said that National Conference will fight tooth and nail all the attempts of fiddling with Article 35A. (CNS)