JAMMU, July 24: National Conference (NC) today questioned the rationale behind the wild allegations levelled by Congress MLA Ghulam Mohammed Saroori on the issue of relief package for the quake suffers of Doda and Kishtwar, saying this speaks of ignorance and naivety of a person who has himself remained a Minister.
“How can Saroori accuse NC of misguiding the Centre over the package when the State Cabinet under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister recommended a comprehensive package to the Centre”, the NC leaders said, adding that Omar Abdullah took up the matter personally with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and during the latter’s visit to Srinagar. The issue was also discussed by the top ranking State officials with a Central team that visited the area to have on the spot assessment of damages caused by the tremors, they added.
The signatories to the statement include MLC and District president Doda, Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardy, ex-legislators, Brij Mohan Sharma, Qazi Jalal-ud-Din, Chaman Lal Bhagat, Mohd Iqbal Bhat, District president Kishtwar Tanveer Ahmad Kitchloo, Sajjad Shaheen and Dr Reyaz Bhaderwahi.
They said the package was formulated on the basis of the assessments and surveys conducted by various agencies of the Government on the ground Zero. They also acknowledged the support of Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Union Minister for Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah, who are still hopeful that the Centre will realize the gravity of the situation and come to the aid of the affected people.
Saroori is used of making faux pas from time to time and referred to his unwarranted and misleading statements to the public on assumed belief of relief money having been released to the State Government by the Centre, NC leaders said, adding that by his irresponsible utterances he was causing embarrassment for his party’s senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad as well.