Jammu Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) senior leader, Rafi Ahmad Mir on Saturday urged the government to accelerate efforts to ensure succor to stranded J&K residents and devise a hassle free mechanism for issuance of travel passes to the deserving people.
"While we understand the government is making every possibleeffort to ensure succor to J&K residents stranded in different parts of thecountry, we urge the government to accelerate its efforts and issue passes tothe deserving people," Mir said.
He said people have largely cooperated with the governmentand now the government must also reciprocate by ensuring a workable solution totheir problems.
He said the government has rolled out electronic e-passfacility but it seems to be a cruel joke in absence of the high speed Internet.
Mir said the institutional coordination needs to bestrengthened and appointed nodal officers outside J&K should be moreaccessible and responsive towards stranded residents.
He said the dissemination of information from the governmentshould also be in Urdu for more effectiveness and better reach out.
"While we appreciate role of frontline members of civiladministration and police, the higher ups in the government must also devise amore workable solution in present situation. At times it has been observed thatthe passes issued by the district magistrates from other states are nothonoured at Lakhanpur border and the J&K residents are forced to turn back.This is clear lack of communication and coordination," he said. Mir said thepasses issued to pesticides dealers were also not honoured for inter and intradistrict movement. He said a huge chunk of population has migrated outsideJ&K in connection with studies, healthcare issues and employment.
"Until government of India takes a favourable decision forthese stranded residents to return to J&K, their day-to-day based issuesshould be take care of," he said.