Rising unemployment, lack of civic amenities in Srinagar worrisome: NC

Rising unemployment, lack of civic amenities in Srinagar worrisome: NC

National Conference on Wednesday expressed concern over the worn out and crumbling infrastructure, soaring unemployment and paucity of basic civic amenities here. The party said the residents of Srinagar were feeling left out and disappointed.

While expressing concern over the indifference of the incumbent J&K government towards maintenance, and up gradation of civic amenities and infrastructure in the city, senior National Conference leader Mubarak Gul said the present regime has turned its back to the development requirements of the city.

"The infrastructure one gets to see around in Srinagar city in terms of recreational parks, sewage treatment plants and drains came up during the NC-led governments from time to time.  In the health sector also up gradation and augmentation of infrastructure at major and minor public hospitals in the city took place during the last NC-led government," Gul said.

He said the incumbent government was deliberately meting out step-motherly treatment to people of Srinagar.

"The last time the suburbs of Srinagar had seen some development activity picking up in their locales was when Omar Abdullah was the Chief Minister," said Gul.

He said Primary, secondary and tertiary care health centers have not seen any amplification in their basic infrastructure.

"There is no accountability and no semblance of good governance on ground. The widespread disarray and unaccountability that has beset the administration in J&K has plunged the urban life of Srinagar city into chaos," said Gul.

He said dredging of the city's waterways, installation of additional water pumps, macadamization of interior alleys and road ways have been left in a limbo.

The party leader said the administration has also miserably failed to up keep the important landmarks, heritage buildings and shrines in Srinagar.

Burgeoning unemployment in Srinagar is worrisome, Gul said while drawing the attention of the government towards the increasing unemployment in the city.

"Measures like special placement drives, and introduction of skill development courses in the city colleges, doling out of bank loans for urban youth and special employment drives have all been forgotten by J&K administration," he said.

On the contrary, Gull said the government's indifference has choked the already diminutive avenues of employment for the city youth with introduction of new domicile law.

Meanwhile, the party's provincial Vice President, Muhammad Syed Akhoon addressed a meeting at party headquarters here and lamented the lack of concern of the government towards alleviating the problems people of Srinagar were faced with.

He said the city has long been rescinded from the development radar and the government has failed to give Srinagar its due share in development, being the summer capital of J&K.

Among others, district President Peer Afaq Ahmed, Sabiya Qadri and Ahsan Pardesi were also present.

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