LPG Crisis To Dominate Assembly Today

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Speaker Admits Adjournment Motions By PDP, NC

Srinagar – With the PDP gunning for the government over the issue, the assembly is set to discuss the snow-balling LPC crisis in the valley sparked off by the centre’s subsidy cuts.

Admitting an adjournment motions brought by the PDP and the NC, the assembly speaker has given his nod for an open discussion on the crisis on Wednesday.

Calling upon the speaker to suspend all other business of the house tomorrow, the PDP has said that the government’s decisions on LPG have caused mass panic which could lead to public unrest.

“In view of the recent decision of the state government in pursuance of the union government’s direction to raise the prices of diesel and cooking gas, as also the fresh directions from the state government to recast the LPG list, panic has spread across state with a grave situation arising out of that, likely to lead to public unrest as the issue concerns the common man,” the PDP has said in its adjournment motion.

“It is, therefore, moved that normal business of the August House be suspended on 03-10-2012 to discuss the issue of grave and urgent public importance,” it has said.

It has said that the new code and procedures notified for LPG connections and registration too have led to acute disquiet among the public and put it to great hardships.

“The present government is totally helpless with regard to every issue of public importance,” the PDP president, Mahbooba Mufti, said.

“Whatever announcements New Delhi makes, chief minister Omar Abdullah implements them in Jammu and Kashmir without a moment’s thought,” she said.

“The union government had barely made the announcement over LPG, and Omar Abdullah put it into force, causing even more hardships for the common man,” she said.

“The government had already broken the back of the masses with the steep hike in power traffic,” she said.

“As it is, the Valley faces acute shortage of power, firewood and kerosene during winters, and now with LPG almost out of reach, no one knows what will befall Kashmiris,” she said.

Raising questions over the new procedures for LPG connections and registration, Mahbooba wondered when the tens of thousands of people standing in queues across the state would get their LPG rations.

Meanwhile, the assembly speaker has admitted adjournment motions by the ruling NC and the opposition NC, and allowed discussion over the LPG crisis tomorrow after the question hour.

“Yesterday PDP President Mehbooba Mufti submitted an adjournment motion and today National Conference leader Choudhary M Ramzan submitted another adjournment motion”, the speaker said.

“Both have expressed that a discussion be held so that the problem of non-availability of LPG is solved. I have allowed them and the discussion will be held after the question hour on Wednesday,” he said.

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