Govt must offer option before imposing ban: CPI (M)
Srinagar, April 4: The Communist Party of India-Marxist on Thursday said that the decision of the government that there will be no movement of civilian traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway for two days every week to facilitate movement of forces, must be a security issue, but why should a common man be put to avoidable hardships for whom all this security bandobast is meant? What about the patients, students, employees, businessmen, and others who will suffer hugely due to this ban.
authorities want to say if a patient is serious, instead of taking him to the
hospital, he must be first brought to the district magistrate’s office for
getting a pass to travel on the highway? What will be the fate of those
patients, who have to be brought from the other districts of the Valley and
need immediate treatment in hospitals in Srinagar? What kind of logic is this?
A patient can’t wait till a pass is issued, as in some cases it can prove
disastrous and life-threatening,” the Communist Party of India-Marxist in a
Communist Party of India-Marxist said similarly, will employees, who have to
reach to their offices, observe a holiday when there are traffic restrictions
on the highway? And what will students do, who have to attend their school,
colleges and universities on the day there is a ban on movement of traffic on
be clarity on these issues and the government must find and offer a credible
option to it before imposing the ban. The convoy movement timing must be
devised in a way so as there is no inconvenience to the general public. There
is a need to fine-tune the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the movement
of security forces convoys so as there is no clash with the movement of
civilian traffic. The timing of the security forces’ convoy could be fixed such
that it is different than the timing when highways and other roads witness peak
civilian traffic movement,” CPIM said.
its agencies have to safeguard the interests of the common man in all the
situations,” said the Communist Party of India-Marxist.