Srinagar: Terming the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) in Jammu Kashmir as inhuman and anti-people law meant to engulf Kashmiris in problems by denying them ration, Hurriyat (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said this law which has reduced the ration quota of the people from 35 kg per family to 5 kg per person was designed at starving the people in Kashmir.
Addressing the Friday congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, Mirwaiz said the government first reduced the kerosene oil quota of Kashmir, which witnesses chilling cold winters, by 8 lakh liters and now also decided to give subsidy only on LPG or kerosene oil to further complicate the matters for the people.
Calling for rollback of this anti-people act at the earliest, Mirwaiz in a statement said in a state with a population of 1.35 crore people, the government had decided to give ration to only 95 lakh people while a whopping population of 40 lakh would be rendered food-less. He said people of the state were already getting less rice supply than the supply that is needed.
Jammu Kashmir is only getting 3, 25,270 quintals of rice against the need of 4, 75,000 quintals in a state where rice is the staple diet of the people and by further reducing the quantity of the ration, the government was creating a crisis-like situation, Mirwaiz said and demanded 11 kg ration per person to every family on the previous pattern, which is being followed by different states as well.
Mirwaiz said that its ironical that instead of focusing on ways and means to provide food and adequate ration to the people, in the winter months the Government is planning on spending millions in organizing Music Festivals and Gala events in the garb of promoting tourism on New Years eve. Mirwaiz called for an immediate stop to these activities and asked the government to focus on providing people with basic essentials like adequate ration.
KUPWARA MISSING: Expressing concern over the enforced disappearance of three youth from Kupwara who were arrested by Territorial Army, Mirwaiz said the families of these youth are worried about their safety knowing how ordinary civilians have been detained by Indian forces in the past and subjected to custodial disappearances or killed in fake encounters after labeling them Militants.
Mirwaiz castigated the authorities over maintaining a criminal silence over this matter.
Condemning the action of Indian forces of firing pellets at a youth, Suhail Farooq son of Farooq Ahmad Bhat, who is now battling for his life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Medical Institute at Soura, Mirwaiz said it was shameful on part of Police that they had not even registered an FIR into the incident, clearly suggesting that they were trying to cover up the issue.
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