Advisors, bureaucrats have failed to deliver in J&K: Altaf Bukhari

Pitching for early Assembly polls in J&K, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) President, Altaf Bukhari on Sunday said Advisors and bureaucrats have “failed” to come up to the expectation of people and instead miseries of people have increased in the Union territory.

“Where are they (Advisors)? Who are they? They are nowhere. They have no connection with people. The Advisors and the bureaucracy have failed miserably to perform and redress issues of people,” said Bukhari, in an interview with Greater Kashmir.

The JKAP President appealed to Union Home Minister, Amit Shah to take a review and find out why the bureaucracy has “failed to redress issues of people” in J&K.

“Bureaucracy is unresponsive and insensitive,” he said.

In the past one year, Bukhari said it was not only Kashmir, but Jammu also which has seen no development.

“We have lost everything and gained nothing because when Article 370 was revoked it was claimed that the special status of J&K was the barrier in the way of development. However, I have not seen any development since abrogation of the Article,” Bukhari said.

He questioned installations of Toll Plazas in Jammu and said that why has the government forced people to face harassment.

“When I was the cabinet Minister I did not allow installation of Toll Plaza in Jammu after an opposition leader approached me with public concern. We have to mitigate sufferings of people instead of creating more problems for them,” said Bukhari.

The JKAP President said the administration was “divided.” “There should be only one boss. Eight (IAS) officers are running the government. What justice can they do? How these officials will decide the fate of the people,” Bukhari said.

He demanded restoration of 4G internet services to J&K “Why should security issues be related to restoration of internet services?” asked Bukhari, hitting out at the government for dearth of ventilators in the hospitals to manage COVID19 pandemic.

The JKAP President said his party will increase residency period for grant of domicile certificate in J&K to 25 years if they form the government.

“We have made a commitment to restore statehood to J&K, protect land and jobs for residents of J&K. The domicile period enhancement is one of the main agenda of the JKAP,” he said, adding that they will do “politics of truthfulness without misleading people with emotional sloganeering.”

He questioned the government for ignoring local contractors in mining and encouraging non-locals.

“Why should people from outside be encouraged to participate in mining while ignoring locals. I don’t see any reason to encourage them in J&K. The contracts accepted after bids have no environmental clearance but they are extracting resources because of administrative nexus between mining officials, revenue officials and police,” Bukhari said.

He said have raised the issue before the Lt Governor GC Murmu. Reacting to silence of Kashmir political parties on following August 5 decision last year, Bukhari said” “They may have maintained silence on abrogation of special status as a part of their strategy. Maybe they support something which they are not able to tell you. If they don’t speak-up, silence is also considered as a support or they might have some compulsion.”

Are you silent on special status of J&K in support or against it?” Bukhari questioned National Conference leadership.

Bukhari also raised alarm over the delimitation exercise claiming that officials were sharing information with a political party.

He demanded release of former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mehboob Mufti and security cover to all political leaders without any bias.