J&K converted into begging bowl : Mufti

SRINAGAR - Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said the institutional system and administrative order in the state are facing most serious challenge under present dispensation.

Addressing a meeting of party workers in Shopian today he said ‘immense damage was done to the system of governance as a result of deliberate subversion of the rule of law and denial of justice and people of the state will have to take this challenge head on if the state has to retain any degree of decent governance’.

 said the present government, it seems, has from day one resolved not to do any thing that helped the common man or provided justice to people. “The incident of 2009 in which two young ladies lost their lives in Shopian was a nightmarish inauguration of the NC- Congress coalition which marked a complete reversal of the efforts to revive rule of law in the state”.

He said the family of the victims has not received justice from the institutions of the state till date. He said this was followed by many more atrocities by the present government without any redressal, even in a single case.

Mufti said though the people of Shopian put up a valiant struggle for justice and suffered in the process ‘the government became more and more arrogant in its dealing with people throughout the state’.

Slamming the government for its inability to take to the logical conclusion even a single inquiry into the scores of killings on the streets Mufti said this has resulted in adding to the cynicism among the people about the kind of democracy practiced in the state under any NC led dispensation.

He said if the previous NC government had introduced POTA, established SOG and unleashed all weapons of repression on the people the present government has reversed the entire process of relaxation with its anti people behavior. He said thousands of young men have been framed in false cases for raising their voice at different times against the government excesses.

The PDP Patron said the Chief Minister’s announcement about withdrawal of FIR’s against the youth too have proved false ‘which has resulted not just in demonization of a generation but has effected their career prospects as well’.

“Not even children are being spared and some of them have been booked on serious charges of waging war against the state and have been paraded in handcuffs and jailed with hardened criminals”, he said.

Mufti said it was unfortunate that the government was using the increased arrivals of tourists as a propaganda tool for normalcy without paying attention to infrastructure building that is required to add value to the tourism sector. He said the state is blessed by nature with rich and diverse natural resources which would need proper tapping through creation of world class infrastructure, promotion of private sector and thoughtful investment in public sector.

“ Except for counting the number of tourist arrivals and linking it to law and order the government has done hardly any thing in the last four years with the result that major tourist destinations including Srinagar have suffered degeneration in sanitation, traffic system and other amenities. This is in sharp contrast to the achievements of the PDP-Congress coalition which created 22 tourism development authorities and promoted a number of virgin areas for tourism”, he said.

Mufti said the initiatives taken by the PDP led government had triggered a revolution in rural economy through significant systemic interventions. He said the abolition of toll tax and establishment of local fruit markets like the one at Shopian had led to sharp increase in horticulture returns and made the industry remunerative for the farmers once again. He however regretted that the present government had failed to carry the process forward and that the proposal for a cold storage system for Shopian had been shelved.

Mufti said he was glad to learn that in spite of the government’s inability to develop the infrastructure further the Shopian fruit market had contributed significantly to value addition of the horticulture produce especially the apple.

Mufti said the state of J&K had been converted into a begging bowl through the wrong policies of NC which had ruled the state for many decades. Its resources had been sold out for a song and almost entire power generation in the state had been gifted without any compensation he said and added that if this had not happened, the state would have been one of the richest in the country and could have served as the energy bank for the entire region.

He said the PDP would struggle for reversing this situation so that our unemployed youth do not have to beg for petty jobs and are able to carve out a dignified place in the society. For this to happen, Mufti said the people of the state will have use their vote after careful consideration and not follow any path blindly. He said the PDP had provided an alternative to the people and they could enforce accountability among the political parties more effectively as previously they had no options other than the NC which had led the state into a disastrous situation.

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