Congress calls on Guv, Pitches for ‘credible’ dialogue with stakeholders

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Srinagar: Stating that the state government has miserably failed to normalize the situation in Kashmir, the state Congress chief, G A Mir on Monday pitched for ‘credible and meaningful’ dialogue with all the stakeholders to address the Kashmir issue.

Mir was addressing a presser after a delegation of state Congress unit called on Governor N N Vohra at Raj Bhavan here.

Giving details about the meeting, Mir told reporters that “Congress Party is of the firm opinion that the Central Govt without wasting further time should initiate a credible and meaningful dialogue with the stakeholders to address the unrest in the State.

Lashing out at PDP-BJP regime in the state, Mir said that the current regime has miserable failed to normalize the situation in Kashmir. “Things in Kashmir could have been better in case the loss of lives in the backdrop of the protests could have been prevented by the present regime in the state, he said.

Referring to the termination of government employees, Mir termed the government decision as ‘very unfortunate’ and ‘unacceptable’.

He demanded an enquiry into the termination of the employees who were sacked by the government allegedly over participating in the anti-Indian protests.

“We urged Governor to use his good office to stop such type of repressive measure of the State and get the termination or suspension of government employees revoked,” Mir said.

He said that during the discussion with Governor, Congress party sought his indulgence to put an end to the harassment of Govt employees, who are being targeted by the State Govt without conducting any enquiry, whileas they have also been braving the brunt of unrest adding that “Govt is harassing employees to hide its failures.”

While referring to the controversy of exams, scheduled to commence from mid-November, Mir said, “I am not against the holding of examination but let the government create conducive atmosphere for exams first.”

“If the government is ready to hold exams of the students of class 10 and 12 then its stands their responsibility to create the require atmosphere for the same. The government must give a chance to the students to prepare themselves for the exams as they have lost their precious academic year, which should be compensated instead of forcing them to appear in the exams,” Mir said.

He said that the government should reconsider their decision of holding examination as the students had to come from far off places, which would be difficult for them to reach due the current situation in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, PCC Chief said Congress party invited the attention of Vohra towards the losses caused to Trade, Education, Business Community, Horticulture, Tourism, Transport and Infrastructure due to the continuous deteriorating situation, and told him (Governor) that the Govt has not been able to restore calm as yet, besides the provocative statements from State Govt especially by the Chief Minister, from time to time, has alienated the people to a largest extent.

He said that it is a matter of grave concern that people in the valley feel highly alienated over the way they are being dealt by the State Govt, as a result, the common masses across the valley have lost faith in a democratic system. “While as the need of the hour was to take corrective measures to ensure that valley unrest comes to an end and losses prevented, but due to certain wrong policies on the part of State Govt, the situation is still out of control, which is a cause behind our concern and worry,” PCC Chief said.

Mir said Congress party understand that present upsurge is the outcome of the betrayal with the people by PDP BJP coalition, as the people of the State were promised a lot by the PDP BJP during their Elections, such as revocation of AFSPA, demilitarization, return of power projects etc, but so far not even a single promise was fulfilled, besides the subsequent U Turns taken by the Govt, from time to time, have left the common masses disheartened and dejected.

He said Congress Party as a responsible & constructive opposition extended every help to Govt to restore calm, but their suggestions were not taken seriously by the Govt and whatever decision were taken by the Govt were unilateral, even serious efforts were made by the Govt to silence the opposition to hide it’s failures., he added.

Mir said Congress party appreciates the employment opportunities to unemployed youth in the State, but they wonder how the drive was started when there were no facilities available such as communication Transport etc and we understand that this is something like adjusting people in Govt departments on partisan basis.

He said Congress placed its demand is that Govt be directed to ensure transparency, while adjusting the unemployed youth in Govt Departments.

Describing the arrest spree, nocturnal raids and slapping of innumerable PSAs as unfortunate, PCC Chief said that Congress Party believes such type of actions or harassment on the part of State Govt shall never be in the interest of peace, rather it will vitiate the atmosphere further, in this connection Congress Party sought indulgence of Governor to put an end to the harassment to the people, as that will only help create peaceful atmosphere and restore calm in the valley.

He said Congress Party is committed to extend every help to restore normalcy in the Valle, but at the same time, it will not remain as silent spectators to the agony and anguish of the people. “Congress Party will continue to remain steadfast in highlighting the genuine concerns of the people for their resolution,” he said.

PCC Chief said that Congress Delegation also discussed the ration issue in the State and urged upon the Governor to use his good office to ensure adequate supply of ration i.e 50 Kgs to every house hold in the State and demanded that the decrease in scale of ration should be revisited, Govt must be advised to ensure additional quota of ration.

Notably, JKPCC Chief G.A. Mir alongwith former PCC President, Peerzada Muhammad Syed, Former Minister Taj Mohi U Din, MLC G. N. Monga, MLA Haji Abdul Rashid Dar Vice Presidents, Treasurer Krishan K. Amla, Spokesperson Farooq Andrabi, MLA Mohd Amin Bhat, MLA Gulzar Ahmad Wani and others called on Governor of J&K N N Vora today and briefed him about socio political situation obtaining in backdrop of the valley unrest for last four months. (KNS)

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