Srinagar: Call it fate or coincidence, but exactly on the day,when Kashmir was reeling under dark spell of “worst-ever” curfew for the 50th consecutive day, the state government launched Ujala scheme in Jammu.
On August 28, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti flanked by Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh launched the scheme to provide LED lamps to the bonafide consumers of the Power Development Department(PDD).
Interestingly the PDD Kashmir had come up with a full-page advertisement in some newspapers here, making open invitation to all the besieged people of the Valley to attend the inaugural function in the winter capital.
Though during siege, even curfew passes are not honored in the Valley,the invite looked curious. “All are cordially invited,” the advertisement read about the “launch of Ujala scheme in J&K”.
While this invite was seen as a crude joke with the people of Kashmir,the apparent discrimination with the Valley didn’t end there.
For the past around a fortnight, the government seems to have shifted its attention towards Jammu.
While the Chief Minister herself visited the province twice spending some good six days there, most of the ministers from the BJP prefer to be in the winter capital.
On August 29, the Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali launched e- Public Distribution System (PDS) scheme for online allocation of ration, in Jammu province.
While dedicating the e- distribution mechanism to the people, the Minister said that it is a step forward towards e-governance which is aimed to eradicate corruption and enforce transparency in the crucial Public Distribution System (PDS). “This will help further enforce accountability and fix responsibility for the subsequent processes of procurement and distribution of ration.”
The e-PDS has been started in the state when the Valley continues to be facing internet blockade since July 8, when militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani and his two associates were killed.
Besides, in the recent past, the government inaugurated internet-enabled classrooms in Jammu province. In Kashmir on the contrary, students like their parents continue to suffer even for the
want of essentials than to talk of internet. While atleast 69 persons have been killed, hundreds got blinded while around 10,000 are wounded, mostly youth pursuing education.
On the other hand, despite the declaration of Medical Emergency in Srinagar hospitals, none of the Cabinet ministers ever visited such facilities to take stock of the situation.
While the ruling-PDP says despite unrest the government was paying due attention towards development in all the three regions of the state, the opposition says Kashmir was facing “revenge politics.”
“Having lost their ground in Kashmir, both PDP and BJP are now trying to make some face-saving in Jammu but given the public sentiment they are bound to face a defeat there as well,” said National Conference leader Abdul Rouf told Kashmir Observer.
“It is really shameful that when Kashmir is in crises, the government is into merrymaking in Jammu.”
Congress leader Salman Nizami finds a conspiracy in the “deliberate discrimination” with Kashmir so that it "paves ground for division of the state in line with the RSS agenda". “Basically BJP leaders have always been anti-Kashmir and it’s their deliberate plan to keep the Valley on the boil. They have been successful to mould their natural ally PDP, which is working as nothing but RSS bhakt. Otherwise what was the fun of Ujala celebrations in Jammu when Kashmir was burning.There needs to be some professionalism,” he asked.
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