NC targets govt on ‘HR violations’, return of power projects

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By Fast Kashmir on 02/01/2018.


Srinagar, Jan 2: Opposition National Conference on Tuesday said human rights situation, economy and growth has been adversely affected due to the continued political vacuum in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a memorandum to governor N N Vohra, the National Conference said that already alarming level of alienation in the Valley, “as evidenced by a sharp rise in militancy”, has been further accentuated by repeated attempts to undermine Jammu and Kashmir’s unique political identity and the sentiments of the people.

“Jammu and Kashmir National Conference has been of the consistent opinion that the issue in J&K is that of a political nature and deserves a sustained, holistic and comprehensive political engagement,” reads the memorandum.

Regarding human-rights violations and civilian deaths, the party registered its “disappointment at the State Government’s failure” to prevent the loss of civilian lives despite repeated assurances of restraint and accountability.

“Recent killings of two young mothers in Kashmir during counter-insurgency operations is one such glaring example of the heart-wrenching nature of such tragedies,” the Nation Conference said.

It said the government has not only failed to prevent atrocities, it has utterly and completely failed to deliver justice.

“The sense of impunity that surrounds such incidents is thriving under the patronage of the State Government which has had little to offer apart from rhetoric. Therefore, we want to reiterate our demand for an immediate cessation to such atrocities and swift and effective justice in all such cases,” the NC said.

It said the party was also concerned about the mass crackdowns and search operations where entire villages are ransacked and civilians subjected to harassment and humiliation.

“These acts add to the alienation and anguish on the ground and need to be stopped.”

On power sector, the National Conference said the State government has failed to deliver on its promise to ensure the return of Power Projects as per Rangarajan Committee Report. In-fact, it said, the Government of India has refused to return the Power Projects on the floor of the Parliament, which is a major “setback” to the State.

“The State is witnessing an unprecedented power-crisis due to the failure of the State Government to make key infrastructural upgradations and changes in the power distribution system well in time thereby causing great inconvenience to the people.”

The State Government, it said, has failed to ensure the availability of essential commodities and rations to the people of the State. “This has resulted in unimaginable misery to the people, especially the lesser privileged sections of the society. This has been a regular feature of this Government’s insensitivity since the past almost three years. This needs immediate redressal as it concerns the dignified survival of the people.”

The party also alleged “collapse” of the Tourism Sector and claimed that tourism industry was in a state of crisis and unprecedented recession due to the failure of the State Government to ensure an atmosphere of peace and stability and work with stakeholders in the industry to resuscitate the sector which provides livelihood and succour to a vast chunk of the state’s population. “The State Government seems solely invested in working with a specific coterie of businessmen in the State while ignoring the crisis in general and also failing to take any concrete steps to address this situation. We demand immediate, concrete and effective steps should be taken to restore the Tourism Industry in the State without any further delay.”

The party said unemployment and un-employability were two major challenges before the State.

“On both counts the Government has miserably failed. This has lead to discontent among the youth of the State which can have dangerous consequences and thus should have been a priority of the State Government,” it said.

The party also alleged mis-governance, nepotism and corruption in state administration.

“We want to express our concern over the state of chaos and disarray in the Administration. The State Government has failed to deliver the basic responsibilities it is expected to fulfil in the dispensation of governance in the State. Governance deficit, corruption, nepotism, favouritism is the order of the day,” it said. (GNS)