POONCH, July 10: Highlighting the importance of essential commodities of life like water, electricity, education, road connectivity and healthcare, senior NC leader and former MLA Javed Ahmed Rana, flayed the concerned authorities for not showing interest in completing the languishing projects under NABARD and PMGSY Schemes which have reached up to almost 1730.
“As per survey, maximum number of projects falls in category of Public Health Engineering and Irrigation and Flood Control Department followed by Public Works (R&B) Department and Power Development Department”, Rana said in a workers’ meeting in Mendhar.
“This only speaks about the lackadaisical approach and sheer negligence of concerned departments which has escalated the burden of languishing of projects”, he added.
“Had the concerned officials understood the issues and problems of people on humanitarian level, they would have taken their responsibilities seriously,” Rana said.
Referring to Pir Panjal region, Rana apprised that Sub-Division Mendhar which is strategically very close to border has largely faced the brunt of these abandoned projects as witnessed by ongoing protests and campaigns in the region. He said despite the fact that there are clear cut evidences of lack of power, water scarcity and deplorable condition of roads in this region of Pir-Panjal, no necessary provisions have been made that can mitigate such issues and save people from misery. Rana alleged that people are living under uncertainty and resentment syndrome can be seen soaring among public.
Taking a jibe, Rana pointed that though the present Government is boosting of so many projects, people are yet to glimpse the development they were promised. “Typically, the implementation of many development projects has been shambolic and are often not involved before their implementation”, he alleged.
Rana urged upon the Governor that Pir-Panjal region is highly fragile which can be overcome by curbing poverty and promoting inclusive development and growth; identifying and dealing with the underlining causes of fragility stemming from weak governance and weak institutions.