JAMMU, Feb 21: Continuing his mass contact programme to listen to the grievances of different areas of Gandhi Nagar constituency, former minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla today held meeting at Narwal Bala area of constituency, where locals highlighted their grievances including irregular supply of drinking water, ration and electricity besides worst condition of roads, lanes and drains.
Expressing concern over non-availability of civic amenities to people, Bhalla asked the Government to give priority in solving the problems of the common masses. He said that the State is passing through difficult times with self seekers and anti-people elements taking centre-stage and therefore, a duty has cast upon all to change the discourse under the banner of Congress and help in steering the State to political stability.
Bhalla said the people have right to know as to what happened to the promises made by the BJP to grant citizenship to the West Pakistan refugees, sealing the borders to check any sort of infiltration and crush the militancy by strengthening the security.
Asserting that the State Govt failed to provide basic amenities to the people, Bhalla said it was unfortunate that people were being subjected to immense suffering by failing to provide them requisite relief to the deserving people. Pointing out inadequacies in implementation of the much-hyped Jammu and Kashmir Public Services Guarantee Act, 2011, he urged the Govt consider initiatives for avoiding delay in delivery of services provided by Government departments under the Act.
Expressing concern over closing and shifting of Govt schools, Bhalla said that Govt before taking decision of closing and shifting Govt schools did not take care of students and their parents who underwent serious sufferings after closing Govt schools as most of the schools were having strength of students mostly from weaker sections of the society. He said that nearly 13 Govt schools including one at Marakari and other at Balmiki Basti have been closed in Gandhi Nagar constituency and the students who were getting education in these schools either have left or finding it difficult to reach new destination.
Bhalla called upon the State Govt to address the issues concerning the people of Jammu region, including those which form part of the agenda of PDP-BJP alliance.