JAMMU, Feb 6: National Conference today expressed dismay and deep anguish over the callous attitude of PDP-BJP dispensation towards the stranded passengers of Kashmir here, due to closure of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, saying if appropriate urgent measures were not taken with regard to their comfortable lodging and airlifting, the party cadre would be forced to take to streets.
A delegation comprising National Conference legislators and senior functionaries and led by former Speaker Mubarakh Gul and Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, this morning visited the Bus Stand and took stock of the problems facing to the stranded passengers.
They were appalled to see the poor sanitation, lack of facilities and food etc, leaving the passengers including women, children and elders to fend for themselves.
“No assistance has been provided by the Government”, rued several passengers while narrating their woes to the delegation.
The delegation comprised legislators Shamima Firdous, Altaf Kaloo, Ali Mohammed Dar, Bashir Ahmed Veeri, Showkat Ganai besides Provincial Youth National Conference President Ajaz Jan, District President Ramban Sajjad Shaheen and Yawar Masoodi.
The delegation urged the administration to shoulder its responsibility in meeting the situation and make necessary arrangements forthwith for the stranded people till the highway is opened for traffic. Taking cue from the past practice, the delegation hoped that the issue with regard to airlifting of passengers would be taken up with all concerned including the Air Force. They also sought immediate respite for passengers at various points along the highway who have been left to face the vagaries of weather.
The delegation threatened of staging massive dharnas in case the administration does not wake up to meet the situation unfolded by inclement weather conditions for the past several days. They expressed surprise over the indifference of the Government, saying no minister or senior functionary has found it necessary to visit the people in distress and enquire about their sufferings, least to provide them any sort of succuor at this hour of need. “The callousness of the Government has touched lowest depths”, they observed.
Meanwhile, the National Conference leaders telephonically took up the issue with Minister for Revenue Relief and Rehabilitation Basharat Bukhari, Chief Secretary B R Sharma and Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Dr Pawan Kotwal. They assured of urgent action on the issues raised by the delegation.
The NC leaders also sought deployment of a team of officers for coordinating facilities and safe passage of the stranded people to their respective destinations.