Outraged at the alleged "lackadaisical attitude" of the government towards upgrading medical facilities in Bhadarwah, dozens of senior citizens joined by the activists of several political and religious organization staged a protest here on Friday in support of their long pending demand to make the already sanctioned Mother care hospital and ANM School functional.
The protest was organised outside old hospital Bhadarwah, where protesters raised slogans in favour of their demand, protesters also disrupted vehicular movement on Chobia link road.
Senior citizens joined by political leaders of Janta Dal(S), National Panthers Party, Communist Party, Congress and religious organization Sanatan Dharam Sabha, beside youth, alleged discrimination and step-motherly treatment by the present collation government. They demanded that government should restore the pristine glory of Bhadarwah and these abandoned projects should be restarted, which were allegedly stopped midway for unknown reasons.
They raised slogans against the government and authorities for not only neglecting Bhadarwah Valley while alloting new developmental projects but also disbanding already approved projects like Mother care hospital and ANM School, which were sanctioned 4 years ago.
They also demanded opening of Bhadarwah-Bhalessa-Gandoh road, so that distance between both areas can be reduced.
"Coalition government is testing our patience by depriving us of our basic rights. We are not demanding anything new or big but we are simply asking them that why they are delaying already sanctioned projects. Most of the sanctioned projects are either being shifted from here or suddenly abandoned," alleged JKNPP leader Choudhary Muhammad Iqbal.
"We are now prepared to go to any extent and even to shed our blood for the our genuine cause," said Social Worker Riaz Ahmed Najar, adding that if collation government continues to play with the sentiments of common Bhadarwahis, then, "We will be left with no other option but to launch mass agitation to get justice."
Prominent among those who were present in protest include JDS State President Mast Nath Yogi, State President JKNPP Choudhary Muhammad Iqbal, Sanatan Dharam Sabha President Ved Kumar Kotwal, JKNPP Youth President Neeraj Singh Manhas, Social Worker Riaz Ahmed Najar, Narinder Kant Dogra,Mushtaq Ahmed, Aejaz Sheikh, Mathura Dass and Dharam Paul.