Mr. Chief Minister, this letter is a sincere plea of an aggrieved voter who just for the sake of development and prosperity had laid his hopes on you and voted to see you on this throne. Withstanding every odd thing, the spark of hope which you had ignited in the minds of people convinced them that things will change to good, but nothing of that sort has happened. Certain speculations were made against your government at that time, but the miseries which the people of the vale faced during the previous regime made them to overlook them. 

It is obvious now that there is no consensus between the two coalition partners. Both are beating doldrums about their individual accomplishments and are trying to win over the other by whatever means. Unfortunately, the sufferings of the people are getting increased by many folds.       

Going by what you said and encapsulated in your election manifesto, there seems to be a complete miscarriage of promises. As per your own manifesto, the rehabilitation of flood affected and flood impacted was going to be your first priority. But what the present scenario is depicting goes exactly against it. It is heart wrenching to see that the flood victims which were to be rehabilitated on war footing basis, about which you boasted of everywhere, still go uncompensated and not to talk of their rehabilitation. Your aspiration to make Jammu and Kashmir politically empowered too seems to be a distant dream for what your party promotes and endorses, your coalition partner leaves no stone unturned to repeal and revoke the same. One of your agenda to revive the civil society by creating a harmonious environment has met several setbacks from the very beginning on one pretext or the other and the second one that was to rally the youth by providing opportunity and support too seems to be going out of your control and thus, unachievable as of now. It needs not to mention that the state’s educated but unemployed youth has crossed a mark of 6 Lac above but still there is no vibrant policy that can mitigate their sufferings and offer them a helping hand to get out of this distress. A major relief that was expected from your government was that of devising policies that would minimize the unemployment levels. But no! Here too, the aspirations of the people were left unfulfilled. 

Your famous slogan of self-rule has been confined to your manifesto only. Coming to your economic strategy, as per which the economic policy won’t be formulated for government’s activities but for private businesses and enterprises, one could hardly find any major step taken towards this direction. The private business firms as well as the educated but unemployed youth are still in this anticipation so that they both can grow hand in hand and contribute towards the wellbeing of the economy. Your agenda to foster the rural growth by creating Model Business Village is the most awaited one but God knows better when this dream will change to reality. At last while stressing about the respect and safety of the youth, your government had decided to re-examine the issues relating to notifying of “Disturbed Areas” thereby paving the way for withdrawal of AFSPA, but that too didn’t took place. 

Mr. Chief Minister, what is the point to have such a government in place that no longer remembers its promise and defaults on its own commitments? 

Syed Maajid Rashid Andrabi

Research Scholar 

Kashmir University 


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