National Conference provincial president, Devender Singh Rana on Saturday flagged off Maha Kali (Gharwali Mata) Yatra from Chinore to AgroreGhar and wished the devotees blissful spiritual odyssey.
He prayed for peace and tranquility across the country and State while paying obeisance to the Mata.
Prominent among those present in the yatra included SevakSumanLata, Ravinder Singh Peter, Sanjeev Singh, Sohan Singh, RekhaLangehTejpal Singh, Dayal Singh and others
Later, interacting with several delegations and various sections of society, Rana expressed grave concern over acute scarcity of drinking water across the Jammu region, especially in the capital city, saying the situation is quite precarious in some parts of Jammu due to continued strike of public health engineering daily and casual workers.
"Somebody in the government has to take initiative and break the stalemate to ensure drinking water supply", Rana said adding that the situation in the wake of strike has been allowed to precipitate resulting in the chaotic situation.
It appears that the government and the striking employees are in competition to put the people in miseries, he said, adding that Jammu has never ever witnessed such a depressing scenario on drinking water front during winters.
Terming the continued strike of PHE workers as a legacy of insensitive PDP-BJP dispensation, the NC provincial president said the Governor's Administration ought to have worked towards some via media to end the deadlock.
"We see no reason for the administration to bring the striking workers on negotiation table and sort out the issues for larger interest of the people", he said, adding that the residents cannot be held to ransom due to ego clash of the concerned agencies.
He also made a fervent appeal to Governor Satyapal Malik and the Advisor in-charge PHE to take the initiative for resolving the issue.
Meanwhile, the NC provincial president also attended a function organised by Holy Trinity Convent High School, Dansal and lauded the camaraderie among young school-goers in celebrating religious festivals of each other in a unique spirit of inclusiveness.
"Today's Christmas Day festivity here is a reminder of the humanity surviving in young hearts, who are celebrating the occasion with immense degree of fanfare, irrespective of religious affiliations", Rana said.