Srinagar, May 14: Former Finance Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Tuesday urged the governor led administration to ensure the sufferings of people for want of basic amenities are reduced especially in the Srinagar city.
“Normally the administration was expected to be on toes in view the sanctity of the month of Ramadan. But people of the city are decrying about dilapidated roads, pesky power situation, skyrocketing of prices of essential items and acute shortage of potable water,” he observed.
Bukhari said the Srinagar Municipal Corporation seems to be in deep slumber as hundreds of stray dogs are on the prowl in different areas of the city.
“School going children and old aged persons are under constant threat of dog bites. Presence of a large number of stray dogs especially during morning and evening hours hampers the movement of people who fear to attend congregational prayers in mosques,” he remarked while demanding effective measures for controlling the fast-growing population of stray dogs in the city.
He said that since the first day of Ramadan, people in the valley, especially in various parts of Srinagar city, have been facing frequent power cuts and unprecedented price hike in essentials.
“The power cuts at the time of Sehri and Iftaar are giving a tough time to the people. Despite announcements by the district administration about the formation of committees to check the undue price rise, the people are being compelled to purchase the essential items at exorbitant rates in absence of any effective mechanism on the ground,” he added.
The former minister demanded that the price list of all essential items including fruits, vegetables and other Ramadan specific items like Dates etc should be conspicuously displayed at all market places and shops.
Similarly, he said that roads in various parts of the city especially the link roads in Chanapora, Mehjoor Nagar, Natipora, Naikbagh, Eidgah, Noorbagh, Firdous Abad, Bal Garden, Nund Reshi Colony Bemina, Shalteng, Sonwar are in dilapidated condition.
“Today is the eighth day of the holy month of Ramadan, however, our problems keep on compounding as the government seems to be making people to suffer for want of potable water, electricity, availability of essential items and smooth roads,” Bukhari said.
Bukhari also emphasized on the administration to provide hassle-free parking facilities at various places in particular near the prominent mosques and shrines in the city.
He also demanded the repair of street lights wherever found defunct especially on the roads and allied links leading to mosques and shrines in the city so that people don’t face any difficulty during the evening and early morning hours.
Maharaja’s atrocities will always haunt Kashmiris: Er Rasheed
Srinagar, July 19: Reacting to a comment by Vikram Aditya Singh-Congress leader and Maharaja’s grandson, for insulting martyrs of July 13, 1931, AIP President Er Rasheed said that the statement made is shameful, distortion of the facts and misleading.
In a statement issued on Friday, Rasheed said that Singh must collect the courage and apologize for the huge atrocities his grandfather committed on innocent Kashmiris. He said “those praising Maharaja must not forget that Maharaja had bulldozed basic rights of citizens, snatched their religious freedom and given liberty even to his Chowkidars to murder and rape anyone they would wish. From Maharaja to his ordinary Chowkidars everyone would treat state like its concubine and their process of looting even day to day edibles of common masses was far worse than today’s gangsters. Those who were martyred on 13th July 1931 will remain, national heroes, till doomsday and every year on 13th July Maharaja’s dark era will be condemned.”
He said history can never forgive Hari Singh for the massacre of Nov 1947 by his army killing lakhs of Muslims in Jammu province. The state-sponsored genocide was the beginning of demographic changes in the state.
Rasheed asked NC and PDP to collect the courage and apologize for supporting Vikram Aditya Singh in recently concluded Parliamentary elections. He added that Singh’s statement insulting martyrs has exposed not only the dual face of Congress but that of NC and PDP as well.
Rasheed added that history will always remember the martyrs of 13th July 1931 who had a vision, conviction, commitment and courage to sacrifice their lives against Maharaja’s autocracy and thus created a history by bringing awareness among masses that how much mighty any autocratic ruler maybe, he has to surrender before the will of masses. Rasheed also condemned the incident in which a prominent citizen was crying for not being allowed to carry forward the dead body of his father by the security forces on the national highway, the spokesman of the party said in a statement issued to media.
NC dubs remarks as ‘horrendous, uneducated’
Srinagar, July 19: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday rejected the remarks on the 1931 martyrs by some quarters as horrendous and obnoxious, saying the day marked the open revolt against a despotic, pitiless and tyrant autocratic government.
Reacting sharply to the obnoxious remarks emanating from some untutored sections against the martyrs of 1931, party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said such brutish assertions against the martyrs who laid their lives for the dignity and self respect shows the disdain the scions of erstwhile autocrats hold for the cherished values of democracy. “The party had on various occasions rejected such assertions from time to time as having emanated from the untutored and communal elements. The uprising of 1931 was that of an oppressed against the oppressors, of defenseless against the armed, of poor against the landed gentry. The day marked the commencement of a peaceful struggle by the unarmed people against the then anti-Muslim and anti people government.”
“A ruthless autocratic government that taxed almost everything under sky, leaving just water and air for free for the poor masses. Such uncouth and untaught assertions of erstwhile autocratic scion cannot help him exonerate his family from unleashing the worst torments on the people of Kashmir in the shape of forced-labor (Begaar); the taxes were even levied on the cattle, marriages, and houses. The autocratic regime deputed revenue teams who used to collect revenue in kind for which sepoys were disputed to villages that used to create havoc in the villages. The revenue was collected with such severity and harshness that the cultivators had to sell even their belongings including cattle and sheep,” he added.
He said the worst feature of the worst attribute of the Dogra rule was its communal outlook. “It discriminated the Muslims on the basis of their religion and also interfered in their religious affairs. The Muslims were particularly marginalized. There was no Muslim representation in government offices. There was not a single Muslim gazetted officer in most of the departments, like defense, hunting, scientific research, libraries, archaeology, and agriculture. Major Muslim mosques were converted into Stables and stores,” he said adding, “It was due to the supreme and sacred sacrifice of the martyrs of 1931 that the state finally got the freedom after 118 years. And it was Sher e Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah who painstakingly strived towards the fulfillment of the mission of martyrs of 1931. The coming generations will continue to draw inspiration from the martyrs of 1931. The supreme sacrifice of the martyrs will continue to guide our party in all its future endeavors.”
DGP releases ‘Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction’
Srinagar, July 19: Director General of Police Dilbag Singh Friday released a book titled “Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” written by Ajay Vaid at Police Headquarters, Srinagar.
On this occasion the DGP said that the narrative of the book is the need of the hour. He said that J&K Police has already tightened the noose on the menace of drugs, many steps are being taken to fight the drugs. He said that this book not only provides information about the drug abuse and its effects but also informs that addiction is a treatable disorder.
DGP congratulated the author and said that this book would be useful for all those who are taking initiatives to curb the menace.
Written by Ajay Vaid, the book has been prepared to create knowledge and awareness about alcoholism and drug addiction. The book provides certain ways and means as how to face addiction and manage to keep away from it.
This is the author’s 3rd book. Earlier, he has written a book on ‘Tourism Destinations in India’ in 2011 and the 2nd book he has written is on ‘Exams, Job, Career and burning environment issues’ in the year 2012.
On the occasion ADGP (Headquarters) PHQ A. G. Mir and AIG (Prov. & Tpt.) PHQ Mubassir Latifi were also present on the occasion.