Delaying delimitation would add more miseries to people: Vakil

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 8: Senior vice president People’s Conference (PC) and former Minister Abdul Gani Vakil today slammed the Central Government move for delaying delimitation commission process by more than a year, stating that it would definitely add more miseries to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement, Vakil said it is unfortunate that the Central Government has deliberately delayed the delimitation process in Jammu and Kashmir to benefit the ruling party at Centre. Such decisions are proving disastrous for the region and would alienate people from mainstream, he added.
“The present administration has failed to address the genuine demands and grievances of people,” Vakil said, adding, conducting elections on time would have bridged the gap but unfortunately centre is pushing J&K towards authoritarian rule. He asserted that the administration should complete the delimitation process within time-bound program of 6 months if they are serious to give a popular Government to the people of J&K.
The former Minister said continuing bureaucratic system is not in interest of people as the bureaucrats are not directly accountable to the people. Elected representatives are more accountable and bound to listen to the grievances of people, he said.
Holding assembly elections would close the mouth of those forces which are bent upon to defame the Government at the Centre for curbing democratic rights in J&K, Vakil said. He added that even lofty claims of development are restricted to papers only. “Every sector is collapsed nothing has been done for the people who are struggling to with poverty, price rise, and unemployment,” he added.