JAMMU, Jan 19: Former minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla today termed BJP ministers reach-out programme of Union Ministers claiming to change the destiny of the people of J&K political gimmick to befool the masses.
Interacting with prominent persons of Bhour Camp area of Gandhi Nagar constituency today, Bhalla said that like the much-touted Back to Village (B2V) programme, this exercise will also be a flop show. He said the aim of the ministers’ visit is mere eyewash to divert attention of the people from the complete failure of the BJP.
Terming the visit as futile exercise, Bhalla said, “It has been six months since Article 370 was abrogated what has been done since then. The BJP only knows to blow trumpets but does nothing,” he added.
He said at a time when unemployment is on the rise in Jammu and Kashmir and people are not being paid their salaries, the J&K Government is organising a visit of Central ministers.
The BJP led NDA Government has betrayed and cheated the refugees of 1947, 1965 & 1971 from PoK and those from West Pakistan. Bhalla said that the package of one time settlement of refugees of 1947, 1965 and 1971 comprising financial assistance/ex-gratia relief of Rs 25 lakhs per family amounting to over Rs 9000 crore alongwith several other concessions including reservation to their wards was recommended by the previous Congress-NC Coalition Government to the Centre, after hot pursuit by the Congress and various organization of refugees.
He said BJP which promised to ensure one time settlement of refugees from PoK including those from Chhamb area, besides promising citizenship to West Pakistan refugees before the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, has betrayed them. Soon after coming to power, the Modi Government had returned the package to the State Government without any reason, adding insult to their injuries. Bhalla pointed out that the package of ex-gratia recommended by the Congress-NC Govt for the PoK refugee families alone was to the extent of over 9000 crores but the present Centre Government failed to grant the same.
Bhalla said the growing disappointment among people against BJP over governance deficit has completely unnerved the non-performing BJP Govt. Instead of getting into functional mode, Government is struggling to put its act together by indulging in patch-work and cosmetic makeover in a bid to be seen in command of the situation.