Systemic collapse: Mehbooba
‘JK Govt Coalition Of Brokers,Contractors’
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, May 20: Accusing the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of bringing the state to a virtual systemic collapse, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti Sunday said the tragic death of around 400 infants in GB Pant Hospital is the worst reminder of this harsh reality.
Addressing a series of meetings alongwith senior party leader Tariq Hameed Karra at Qamarwari, Batamaloo, Eidgah and Zadibal, Mehbooba said the state government has failed to add to the facilities at GB Pant hospital not because of lack of resources but as a result of the lack of will and political direction. “It seems the government couldn’t find the right contractor to construct 200 bed hospital sanctioned by Government of India resulting in mass murder of babies,” she said and added that such a disaster should have led any government to quit but the NC-Congress coalition which struggles to survive from one crisis to another has left people of the state stunned for a response.
Terming the state government a coalition of opportunists, brokers and contractors, Mehbooba said there are reports that the coalition ministers are at war with each other over the allotment of contracts for many prestigious projects sanctioned by Government of India which include modern maternity hospitals for Srinagar and Jammu. “The programs started during the previous coalition like JNNURM and ADB funded projects too failed to produce the desired results in improving infrastructure because the ministers in the state government were interested only in fixing contracts for their favorites and relatives,” she said and added that the Chief Minister after the exposure of his family’s corrupt practices on the custodial death case of Haji Muhammed Yousuf was reduced to a rubber stamp as he lost any moral authority to enforce discipline.
Mehbooba said things were made worse by the cricket scam in which Dr Farooq Abdullah’s role as president of the J&K Cricket Association was “clearly established.” She said after these incidents the police and administration which were used to shield Omar Abdullah, Dr Farooq Abdullah and their family got an upper hand leading to complete anarchy. “How can Chief Minister question a doctor or any official after their services were misused for producing bogus post-mortem reports save the Chief Minister’s skin,” she questioned.
Mehbooba said thousands of crores are available under various social sector schemes which have been harnessed by other states to improve the life of their people but the arrival of Omar Abdullah on the political scene of the Jammu & Kashmir has struck it as a misfortune.
“It is not the lack of ventilators at the GB Pant Hospital alone that is responsible for the death of the innocent kids as the Chief Minister is trying to make it look like, but the tragedy is the consequence of a complete collapse of governance,” she said and added that the money received for development and provision of health and education is straightway stolen by politicians and their agents in administration. “If this money which actually belongs to the people was appropriately spent there is no reason for lack of health or education facilities any where in the state.”
Mehbooba said this government has always been in crisis management mode “as was evident in the civilian killings during 2009 and 2010.”
Expressing her dismay at the shelving of the development projects in Srinagar that had been started by the previous government Mehbooba said this spoke volumes of the political narrow mindedness of the present dispensation. She said Eidgah and its peripheries were planned by the PDP led government to become hub of socioeconomic activity and modern amenities so that entire downtown could benefit from it. “Not to speak of the allied development even the preservation and beautification of Eidgah itself had been stopped”, she regretted.
Speaking on this occasion former Finance Minister Tariq Hameed Karra blamed NC of worsening economic, political and infrastructure conditions of the capital city. “Srinagar is turning into world’s fastest growing slum because of government neglect while the ruling national conference doles out the haphazardly conceived works to its cadres in the name of development, only to provide them monetary benefits.”
Karra said that lack of vision in the ruling party was the misfortune of Srinagar as the city now looks, centuries behind its counterparts in other states. “National Conference has unfortunately taken Srinagar for granted and does not feel accountable to its residents.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 20 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 20 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 IST
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