Former minister and Congress leader Raman Bhalla today accused the PDP-BJP coalition government of depriving the Jammu people of basic amenities. He said this while addressing a public gathering at Shiv Nagar, Bandu Rakh, Kunjwani.
Bhalla claimed that the unprecedented power and water crisis in Jammu highlights the apathy of the ruling coalition which had failed to address the issues of the people.
He also said that , "situation in Jammu province had virtually turned out of control due to the severe shortage of drinking water and worst-ever power crisis during summer".
"Despite persistent appeals to the government to ensure supply of basic amenities, no action has been taken. People are suffering, but there is no consolation from the government," Bhalla added.
He said lack of direction and political will have compounded the perception of political uncertainty in the state whereas the government should have tried to provide a hope of inclusive development, reconciliation and peace.
The former Minister said the PDP-BJP government rather than engaging with aggrieved people with an aim to address their issues, had chosen to tread a path of isolation, arrogance and confrontation contradicting the promises made in the 'Agenda of the Alliance'. He said Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution (CAPD) outlets lacked sufficient supplies and utility services were craving for maintenance. "The promise of 24×7 power supply has turned out to be a counter nightmare with unprecedented and unscheduled power cuts haunting the people of the state at the very onset of the winter season," he said.
On the local issues of Gandhi Nagar constituency, Bhalla regretted that 'it is facing total neglect with not even a single new work taken up for execution during the last more than two years.' He further regretted the abandonment of all development works initiated during tenure of Congress Govt.
Former Minister also expressed serious concern over law and order situation in valley adding that Kashmir is on the boil once again. "Be it the abysmal turnout for polls in Srinagar which were preceded by widespread violence and arson, or the now common sight of ISIS and Pakistani flags being waived in Kashmir, Kashmir in 2017 is reminiscent of the turbulent years of 1989-90" he said.
Prominent among those present on the occasion include Sohan Singh, Sarpanch Kashmir Singh,Naib Sarpanch Satnam Singh,Panch Gurnam Singh,Ghulam Farid,Rajinder Singh Lamardhar, Dr. Vijay ,Sanjeev Katal,Puran chand.