Ramban: Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday questioned the “snatching of land allotted to people under Roshni Act” and described the move as an “ill-conceived decision” of the UT administration.
Addressing a rally at Gool amid inclement weather conditions, the former Chief Minister criticised both the Centre and the UT administration for, what he said, “working against the interests of people.”
Azad said, “During my tenure as the Chief Minister, the Congress government had provided land to poor, landless people of all the communities under the Roshni scheme for cultivation and building houses. But the current ruling dispensation snatched away pastures, Kahcharai (Ghas Charai), Shamlat land from those people. Unki Roshni Hi Chheen Li (Their light has been snatched away). I do not know who they want to give this land.”
“This is happening when the Union Territory government has moved to the Supreme Court for appeal against the decision of Jammu Kashmir High Court on this account,” he added and asked the people to get “ready to fight for rights.” “We will fight for our rights together,” the former Chief Minister said. Senior Congress leader asked the people to “reject those doing politics in the name of religion.”
“In the past seven years, the development graph of J&K and the country is moving in reverse direction,” he said. Targetting the ruling government he said those exploiting people in the name of religion or party affiliations were unable to provide justice to the people. He said that the people across the country were suffering due to joblessness, inflation and poverty.
Azad said that after the developments of August 5, 2019, J&K witnessed a huge change yet it was “not for good.” “There is a sea change in the system of governance. There is no accountability, no body to listen to the public grievances. The work culture is missing. That is why the employees and daily wagers are agitating. There is nothing called government in place in J&K at present. Traders, educated unemployed youth and poor people are suffering,” he regretted.
He claimed that bureaucrats of UT were hardly available to the public even middle rung officers of the administration were not accessible to the public.
“The trust deficit has increased among the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Azad added.
He claimed that after the abrogation of Article 370, sufferings of people especially living in far-flung areas of Jammu and Kashmir increased manifold.
Azad expressed surprise that the body of Mohammad Aamir Magary, who was killed in the Hyderpora gun battle was not returned to his relatives even after one and a half months.