Govt reverting to backdoor appointments: PDP

Party Takes To Roads; Mis-Governance, Corruption Trademark Of Ruling Coalition: Mehbooba


Srinagar, Jan 5: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party Saturday said that National Conference-led government in Jammu and Kashmir was reverting to “old tactics of backdoor appointments” which was creating uncertainty among educated youth and promoting mis-governance. The party accused that rampant corruption has become “trade mark” of the Omar Abdullah-led government and it was undoing the “good work” by the erstwhile PDP-led government.
The PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, joined by senior party leaders and hundreds of workers, today took out an anti-government rally at Lal Chowk here. “The government is fooling people by claiming to fast-track recruitments for nearly one lakh posts in different departments. It has reverted to old tactics of National Conference of backdoor appointments and misuse of authority in these appointments,” Mehbooba told the rally at Regal Chowk.
The accusations by the PDP president came barley an hour after Omar announced his government, which completed four years today, would fast-track recruitments to nearly 80,000 posts.
“There is no accountability in this government. Their agents are out in the field selling the jobs,” Mehbooba said.
Joined by party supporters, the PDP chief along with party leaders including Tariq Hamid Qarra earlier took out demonstration from the party headquarter here.
They were raising slogans against government for absence of power supply to Kashmir, shortage of gas and other essentials and price hike. As the rally reached near Regal Chowk, dozens of policemen who had formed a human chain prevented the rally from moving further.
Mehbooba said: “The only gifts of this government to people were killings of more than 120 youth during 2010 unrest and cases against more than 5000 youth. Why has it failed to mention killing of Haji Yousuf and the cricket scam as one of their big achievements.”
She said on one hand the government which is celebrating its “birthday bash” today increased the power tariff four times in the last four years even when electricity is nowhere.
The government, Mehbooba said, has failed to provide basic amenities which forced the party to protest on the roads.
Mehbooba said government has framed thousands of youth in false cases. “Their careers have been ruined. Omar Abdullah made three announcements regarding the withdrawal of cases against them but there is no action on the ground,” she said.
Mehbooba said government was trying to politicize tragedies caused by its own failures.
Referring to the party’s medical help to the acid attack victim here, she said let government extend support to the victims of 2010 unrest who were left disabled due to atrocities by police and paramilitary forces and provide help to the boy from Pulwama whose face was disfigured by a teargas explosion recently. “The fact is that this government is completely disconnected from the people and it does not know how and what to do,” she said.
Reports said the party held anti-government protests at district levels too in which the alleged government apathy towards sufferings of the people was highlighted.
The demonstrations highlighted the shortage of electricity, cooking gas and rations. According to a party spokesman, issues facing youth were specially focused and inability of the government to create avenues of employment for them.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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