National Conference on Saturday termed as “unfair” the recent government directive seeking online payment of electricity and water dues and demanded extension in the due dates for clearing bills in the Valley in view of the COVID-19 threat.
While decrying the government order, asking people to pay their electricity and water bills through internet, the party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said, “It is no less than rubbing salt on the wounds of people. At first place not every household in the Valley has access to broadband and 4G services are still not working. Under such circumstances how is it practically possible for everyone to access the apps for payment purposes?” said Imran
He said the order has been issued at a time when the world was fighting for its existence to combat COVID-19 threat.
He said it was the poorest of the poor and daily wagers who were hit hard due to the prevailing situation.
“The earning of the daily wagers mostly unorganized labors, hawkers, and marginal traders is already uncertain in Kashmir. Previous lockdowns, curfews and communication blockade also had a crushing blow on those who live by hand to mouth. It goes without saying how adverse an impact the present lockdown will have on the unorganized labor force, who happen to be the most vast and ubiquitous section of society in J&K,” said Imran.
“The order signifies unjust response of the ruling dispensation for J&K. it must be rescinded,” said Imran.
He said the marginalized traders, casual traders, and labors were the most ill-fated lot in J&K. “The unorganized sector, who consist of a sizeable chunk of our society do not see any light at the end of tunnel,” he said. The government seems to have shut its eyes to the problems of people.”
While seeking deferment of the due dates of making the payment by two months, Imran urged the government to announce subsidy for BPL consumers.