JAMMU, Mar 5: Hitting out at the ruling PDP-BJP Govt in the State, Congress today accused them of callousness in providing basic facilities like drinking water and proper ration supply to the people of Jammu region.
Addressing public meeting including displaced persons from PoJK at Bhour Camp today, senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla said that acute shortage of drinking water was unprecedented, which speaks of callousness of the Government towards residents. They seem to have been held to ransom by the insensitive, irresponsible and anti-people Government. The Govt is deliberately denying them basic facilities, Bhalla said.
Bhalla further said that instead responding to grim situation, arising in the wake of ill-conceived policies of the Coalition Govt, the Government is trying to divert the public attention from its failures and ill-conceived policies and programmes which instead of providing any succor to suffering people have only added to their miseries.
On the issue of DPs, the Congress leader said State Govt issued notification during March this year through DC Jammu, inviting documents to be submitted along with application form for all categories of DPs for claims. The PRO and DC have been appointed as designated authorities for this purpose. It is strange that even after several months no additional staff has been deployed to verify the documents of the DPs. He demanded inclusion of left out families, ownership rights to DPs of 1947, issuance of ALC certificate to DPs and reservation to their wards.
Bhalla pointed out that the previous State Government proposed in their cabinet meeting Rs 9096 crores for 31619 families of 1947 and 4765 families of 1965 and 1971, that comes out to be Rs 25 lakh per family but NDA Govt announced Rs 2000 crores that too, is not exclusively for PoK DPs.
Congress leader further said that the Central Government must have respected the J&K State cabinet’s resolution and it ought to have implemented the relief package passed moreover, even the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) of Government of India had recommended Rs 30 lakhs instead of State Cabinet resolution of Rs 25 lakhs.
Expressing concern over the irregular supply of ration, Bhalla asked the government to streamline the public distribution system. The poor sections of society, especially those living below poverty line, are totally dependent on public distribution system for ration as they cannot afford to buy rice, atta, sugar etc from open market, he added.