Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh today said the tall claims of good governance and inclusive development by state and the union government are confined to papers only as "on ground the situation is extremely grim".
As per a press note, Singh was addressing a public meeting in Swalta, Majalta, in Ramnagar constituency. He said, "While announcements of funds for developmental schemes and creation of infrastructure were repeatedly made in the media, the corresponding delivery on the ground was conspicuously missing thereby belying the claims of the helmsmen".
Referring to the recent announcement of the union home minister of having hiked the PM's package to Rs. 1,00,000 crore for the state, Singh called upon the state government to come out with the details of assets created and expenditure incurred under the initial grant of Rs. 80,000 crore.
He maintained that with the PM's Rs. 80,000 crore package having been announced in 2015, the people of the state particularly of Jammu region wanted to know the details of utilization and the corresponding facilities made available to the public.
Singh said that the last three years had witnessed the worst era of under-development and lack of accountably and misrule.
He said that with people bearing the brunt of chaotic power scenario and potable drinking water supply, dilapidated shabby roads, shortage of ration and civil supplies, un-implemented social welfare schemes, the public disenchantment with the system was an all time high.
Expressing concern over the development inertia in Ramnagar constituency during the last few years, Singh cautioned the concerned officers to wake from their slumber and ensure early completion of the development schemes launched during his tenure.
He regretted the non-initiation of electrification works approved in 2014 under DDUVVY thus depriving the proposed beneficiaries of the benefits.
He deplored the highly dilapidated condition of Majalta Peoni road, Thalora-Tajur road, Swalta road and Sail-Kori Bair road which had been rendered un-trafficable for the last several months.
He called for early action for construction of bridge linking Majalta and Baryalta so as to mitigate the hardships faced by the people of the affected localities.
Singh said that a calendar of protests would soon be announced so as to highlight the sufferings of the people.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included, Manju Singh, Dharam Singh Bittu, Rajesh Sharma, Karnail Singh, Dina Nath, Parshotam Singh, Sugar Din, Romesh Singh, Madan Lal, Mast Ram, Baldev Mankotia, Makhan Sharma, Sunil Sumbriya besides others.