New Tools Of Repression Only ‘Progress’ Since Abrogation: CPI(M)

Qazigund- The central government’s “unconstitutional act” of abrogation Jammu and Kashmir’s special status hadn’t restored normalcy and this was evident with the government forces constructing new bunkers and now even taking over marriage halls in the Valley, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Sunday said.

“BJP’s fake narrative about progress and development in J&K post August 5, 2019 gets trashed by such incidents. Every day more draconian laws are brought in with the sole purpose of suffocating people into silence,” Tarigami said.

Addressing a convention of party workers in south Kashmir’s Kund, Qazigund in the Kulgam district, Tarigami said that security bunkers are coming up at every nook and corner of Srinagar.

With the arrival of more paramilitary troops in Kashmir, the four-time legislator said that the situation has reached a stage where the troops are being stationed in the only private space left for the public.

The only progress that has been made in the last three years, Tarigami said, was the creation of more tools of repression. “J&K has been made a model police state with no redressal mechanism or constitutional institution,” he said.

“J&K is a political issue and needs a political outreach and not additional forces, more draconian laws and repression,” he said. “When the already available forces and draconian laws could not control the situation how can additional forces and new draconian laws do?”

Ever since August 2019, Tarigami said that the incomes of people in J&K associated with the informal sector, consisting of low wage workers have dwindled sharply due to a major unemployment wave.

Tarigami said: “The highest unemployment rate of 21.6 percent and staggering inflation rate of 7.39 percent in J&K belies the claims of the BJP’s ‘growth and development’ in the region post 2019.”

“Some of the severely affected people include construction workers, auto and bus drivers, small shop owners and daily wage labourers. ASHA and Anganwari workers are not being paid their meager wages on time in J&K,” he said.

Tarigami also said that the horticulture industry, which is Kashmir’s economic mainstay and provides employment to nearly half its population, was also under duress amid indifference of the government. He called for adequate compensation to these affected orchardists.

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