Srinagar, Dec 10: National Conference Friday asked the government to ensure effective round-the-clock public utility services to the people, saying that the crisis triggered by erratic power and water supply had put the people in a precarious situation.
A statement of NC issued here said that addressing delegations that called on him at the NC’s Nawa-e-Subha headquarters in Srinagar, the NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said, “Ensuring steady access of public utilities to the people in the urban and rural areas should be the priority for the Lieutenant Governor ManojSinha’s administration. Amid increasing energy supply by over 17 percent in comparison to the last year, Kashmir Power Development Corporation Limited (KPDCL) is still failing to provide uninterrupted power in the Kashmir division. We were told that comfortable winter days are in for people. But the claim is yet to materialise.
Despite the government’s promises of providing round-the-clock and as per schedule electricity, consumers across Kashmir continue to face unprecedented power outages. With a massive dip in temperature and entire Kashmir reeling through sub-zero temperatures, people are hardly getting any relief from the electricity department. Instead what they get at the end of the month are inflated electricity bills.”
Alluding to the distress of consumers on account of the scarcity of food grains and essential commodities at ration stores, Sagar said, “Distribution of free ration as part of the PMGKAY-3 should continue for J&K, as the people are yet to overcome the economic distress caused by the ravaging impact of COVID-19 and 5 August 2019 decisions.”