Government presiding over institutional dissipation: Mufti

‘Shopian Tragedy Marked NC-Cong Coalition’s Nightmarish Beginning’


Shopian Nov 15: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has said the institutional system and administrative order are facing most serious challenge under the present dispensation.
 Addressing a meeting of party workers in Shopian today, Mufti said immense damage was done to the system of governance as a result of deliberate subversion of the rule of law and denial of justice and people of the state will have to take this challenge head on if the state has to retain any degree of decent governance.
 Mufti said the tragic incident of 2009 in which two young ladies lost their lives in Shopian was a nightmarish inauguration of the NC-Congress coalition which marked a complete reversal of the efforts to revive rule of law in the state. “This was followed by many more atrocities by the present government without any redressal even in a single case,” he said and added that the family of the victims still has not received justice from the institutions of the state.
 Mufti said though the people of Shopian put up a valiant struggle for justice and suffered in the process the government became more and more arrogant in its dealing with people throughout the state.
 Slamming the government for “its inability to take to the logical conclusion even a single inquiry into the scores of killings on the streets”, Mufti said this has resulted in adding to the cynicism among the people about the kind of democracy practiced in the state under any NC led dispensation. He said if the previous NC government had introduced POTA, established SOG and unleashed all weapons of repression on the people, the present government has reversed the entire process of relaxation with its anti-people behavior. He said thousands of youth have been framed in false cases for raising their voice at different times against the government excesses. He said the Chief Minister’s announcement about withdrawal of FIRs against the youth too have proved false which has resulted not just in demonization of a generation but has affected their career prospects as well. “Not even children are being spared and some of them have been booked on serious charges of waging a war against the state, have been paraded in handcuffs and jailed with hardened criminals”, he said.
 Mufti said it was unfortunate that the government was using the increased arrivals of tourists as a propaganda tool for normalcy without paying attention to infrastructure building that is required to add value to the tourism sector. “Except for counting the number of tourist arrivals and linking it to law and order the government has done hardly anything in the last four years with the result that major tourist destinations including Srinagar have suffered degeneration in sanitation, traffic system and other amenities,” he said.
 Mufti said the initiatives taken by the PDP led government had triggered a revolution in rural economy through significant systemic interventions. He said the abolition of toll tax and establishment of local fruit markets like the one at Shopian had led to sharp increase in horticulture returns and made the industry remunerative for the farmers once again. He however regretted that the present government had failed to carry the process forward and that the proposal for a cold storage system for Shopian had been shelved.
 Senior party leaders Abdul Rehman Veeri, Muhammad Khalil Bandh, Abdul Razaq Zawoora and District President Muhammad Shafi Bandey also spoke on the occasion.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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