Winter Woes

On Tuesday, a group of around two dozen persons protested outside the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s residence against the power tariff hike. The protesters, which comprised mainly women, raised slogans against “imperial policies” of the state government.  Pertinently, these protesters had come from the adjoining Sonawar areas and so thought it easy to register their complaint with Chief Minister, their neighbour. However, their grievance is by no means specific to them. The onset of winter has confronted Valley with a host of familiar problems. Valley faces an acute shortage of energy and power curtailment schedules stretching up to 10 hours a day have to be implemented. This is a situation that seems set to continue even in future also, with state having no long term plan to redress this dismal state of affairs. However, this year, another problem has reared its head and it is the cooking gas crisis. The sweep and magnitude of this problem is bigger than the lack of adequate power supply which has long become a part of Valley routine. And despite weeks into the crisis, this crisis is far from easing. The chaos and confusion continues to prevail on the streets.  Almost, the entire population of the state is yet to make sense of what has hit them. Long queues of people on the roads waiting for their LPG cylinder has hardly subsided.  There are thousands of others who are without papers and looking to get their gas connection. And as CM has himself acknowledged, the process is so cumbersome that it takes a gigantic effort by the common man to arrange necessary documents and then stay in long queues to deposit them, sometimes only to find that the documentation is not complete. However, the government, as this space has time and again pointed out, has proved itself unequal to the task at hand. In fact, there is little government presence on the ground when it comes to easing the cooking gas crisis. There is thus an acute need to step in and help in ameliorating this situation. But will Government finally get its act together?

Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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