LOC Trade, People’s Movement Virtually Halted: Tarigami

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JAMMU: Describing the Governor’s address as clueless, the CPI (M) State Secretary and MLA Kulgam, M. Y. Tarigami today said even important issues like promotion of the peace process has not been addressed, neither there is any mention of ways and means how to overcome obstacles and stumbling blocks in strengthening the process of dialogue and reconciliation.

Participating in the debate on motion of thanks on Governor’s address in the legislative Assembly today, Tarigami said that the trade across LoC and People’s movement is virtually halted adding that the address has not detailed out the ways to remove the obstacles. He also sought to inform the House about the progress and status of rehabilitation plan announced by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah about return of Kashmiri youth stranded across the borders. He said that what are the broad contours of this rehabilitation plan and its gains so far too have not have been evaluated fully.

He also alleged that no forward movement has been registered about the return of Kashmiri migrants, though several announcements were made by the successive governments at centre and state levels. He said despite expressing keenness about the rehabilitation and return of Kashmiri migrants, no tangible progress was visible in this regard.

Tarigami also sought concrete measures to tackle the growing unemployment problem adding that immediate steps are needed to protect the bleak future of the state’s youth. He also sought to strengthen the anti-graft institutions and urged to amend the Accountability Commission Act to  empower the commission to take suo-moto cognizance of corruption complaints. He said all the anti-corruption bodies need to be equipped with sufficient authority adding that such officers should not be deployed on important positions against whom there are substantial evidences of corruption complaints. He also castigated the Government for leaving the process of decentralization of powers through PRI halfway and said elections to urban local bodies seems to be a distinct dream. He also demanded a commission headed by senior High Court Judge to investigate misuse of huge funds provided by the Centre under the Tribal Sub-Plan.  He expressed his anguish over the unfortunate delay in releasing wages to casual labourers working in different departments.

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