Don’t treat people of J&K as beggars: Mir

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‘1600 crore relief package exposed development agenda of PDP’

Srinagar:  JK PCC chief G.A. Mir Thursday alleged that Narendra Modi led BJP government is treating people of Jammu and Kashmir as beggars.

“The so called package just announced by the centre is a cruel joke to the flood affected people of Kashmir. State and Centre governments are rubbing the salt on the wounds of people and take their agony and anguish as for granted, Congress strongly condemned this prejudiced attitude of BJP government towards J&K State,” Mir said while addressing a day-long political convention of party leaders and workers at Shopian today.

He lashed out at Centre and State governments for treating people of Kashmir and Jammu as beggars. “The September 2014 deluge which brought destruction in the valley and elsewhere, has badly affected the people, its ironical instead of rehabilitating them properly, Centre and State governments are playing with the emotions of people on the name of relief and rehabilitation,” Mir alleged.

He Mir said PDP has allied with the BJP for the development and rehabilitation of flood affected people Jammu and Kashmir, “but the so-called package just  announced by the centre  punctured all the promises of PDP.”

“People who voted for PDP feel cheated and misled,” he added.

The PCC chief recalled the relief to earthquake victims of 2005 and reminded the people that UPA-I under the leadership of Dr. Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi provided relief package of Rs 2.50  lakh to every affected family and Rs six lakh to victims of Uttrakhand, keeping in view the present price rise and market value.

“Previous Congress and NC coalition government had recommended Rs 10 lakh for fully damaged house, Rs six lakh for severely damaged house and Rs three lakh for partially damaged house to the Centre. But the prejudiced approach of the BJP Govt has agonized the people and this so called package is something like rubbing salt on the wounds  affected people of 2014 deluge,” Mir said.

The PCC Chief said how is Chief Minister and Finance Minister satisfied with this package. “Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu repeatedly said that he won’t go to Delhi with a begging bowl, now that, he didn’t carry begging bowl to Delhi, what has he got, how is he and Chief Minister satisfied with this package,” he questioned.

Mir urged the State and Centre government to stop playing with emotions of people and warned that consequences of this will be very disturbing for them.

Senior Congress leader and former Minister Taj Mohi U Din while addressing the convention expressed surprise over the “so-called” package. ‘Flood affected people like traders, shopkeepers, common people whose house got damaged, need to be rehabilitated, but this package is a cruel joke to people,” he said. 

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