Shopian facing political victimization: Mehbooba

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said while the present government will be remembered being the worst ever in the history of the state, some areas like the Shopian district have been the hardest hit by its political victimization, mis-governance and excesses. 

In a statement issued by her after holding a meeting to review implementation of developmental plan in the district along with MLA Ab Razaq Zawoora and the district officers led by the district development commissioner Shopian, she said the government has failed to carry out even 10% of the works on ground that it claims to have done.

Mehbooba said Shopian town has been on the receiving end of the callousness, indifference and neglect of the present government and the villages are crying for attention to their basic amenities. She said the atrocities committed by the government had a very damaging impact on the economy and social life of shopian town known for its sensitivities and cultural identity. She said the year 2009 was marred by the inhuman incident against Nelofar and Asiya who were denied justice inspite a year long agitation. In 2010 the district was again in the forefront against the killings of innocents by security forces. During the current year while Omar Abdullah government thought of comforting its ears with Zubin Mehta concert at considerable government expanses Shopian had again to pay a price in the shape of four innocent youngmen, said Mehbooba. All these innocents, she said have had a damping impact on the economic activities in the district.

Mehbooba said in the villages of both the constituencies of the district, Shopian and Wachi , the developmental activities have almost been abandoned. She said the 25% cut in the plan allocations have reduced the government developmental activity merely to payment of salaries. She said the deputy commissioners have been rendered idle on developmental front as they have no authority or funds to attend the exigencies and any priority projects identified.

Mehbooba said even the regular schemes and projects approved under the plan are not being executed though tenders have been invited for them. She said the projects formulated by the MLA’s of the district for various schemes providing water, roads and power are being held up by the planning and development department. Mehbooba said for some strange and sinister reasons the funds released by the MLA’s under their CDF too have not been spent inspite of many months and the main construction season having passed. Citing the instance of her wachi constituency she said, she has released almost the entire amount of Rs. 1.50 crores for the current year for various works but hardly any work has been carried out so far.

She said at Landoora an amount of Rs- 10.00 Lacs was provided by her several months back for upgradation of 4 MVA transformers at substation Landoora but there are no signs of any execution yet. 

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