JAMMU, July 16: Former minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla today blamed the PDP-BJP coalition Government for depriving the Jammu people of basic amenities.
While addressing huge public gathering at Shiv Nagar, Bandu Rakh in Kunjwani area today, Bhalla claimed that the unprecedented power and water crisis in Jammu highlights the apathy of the ruling coalition which had failed to address the issues of the people. He said the situation in Jammu province had virtually turned out of control due to the severe shortage of drinking water and worst-ever power crisis during summer.
“Despite persistent appeals to the Government to ensure supply of basic amenities, no action has been taken. People are suffering, but there is no consolation from the Government,” Bhalla added.
He said lack of direction and political will have compounded the perception of political uncertainty in the state whereas the Government should have tried to provide a hope of inclusive development, reconciliation and peace. The former minister said the PDP-BJP Government rather than engaging with aggrieved people with an aim to address their issues, had chosen to tread a path of isolation, arrogance and confrontation contradicting the promises made in the ‘Agenda of the Alliance’.
He said Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution (CAPD) outlets too lacked sufficient supplies and utility services were craving for maintenance.