Jammu, Feb 11: Expressing concern over the miserable condition of stranded passengers at Jammu due to continued closure of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, Chairman PDF Hakeem Yaseen has urged the Governor S P Malik to press into service free air sorties and helicopter service to evacuate stranded passengers on war footing basis.
In a statement issued to media, Hakeem Yaseen has said as the Srinagar-Jammu Highway remains closed for 6th consecutive day, the plight of stranded passengers is becoming miserable each passing day. He has demanded free air sorties for stranded passengers both at Jammu and Srinagar. “Governor administration should immediately press into service helicopters and Army Dacotas to evacuate to safer places those stranded passengers also who are stuck at various places in between the National Highway especially near Ramsoo, Maroog, Ramban, Digdool and Chanderkote.
He said that continued closure of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has arisen an emergency like situation in Kashmir due to acute shortage of essential commodities. He said due to continued land sliding between Ramsoo-Ramban sector, the condition of National Highway has become totally un predictable adding that Governor administration should airlift stranded passengers as well as essential commodities to Kashmir on war footing basis. He said hundreds of vehicles are stuck at various vulnerable spots on the Highway creating crisis of essential supplies in the Kashmir Valley.
He said as per sources over 3,000 vehicles are stranded along the nearly 300-kilometre long High way for the last six days many of which are carrying essential supplies for the landlocked valley. Due to the non-availability of essentials a crisis like situation has arisen in Kashmir,” Hakeem Yaseen has said adding that people are facing severe shortages of edibles like vegetables, poultry products, mutton and petroleum products as well.
PDF Chairman has said that airfare between the valley and outside has skyrocketed after the closure of the highway forcing hundreds of valley-bound stranded people to stuck at Jammu due to shortage of money.
PDF Chairman said despite hue and cry from all quarters over the prevailing situation, the administration seems to be napping. He has sought Governors personal intervention to deal with the situation so that stranded passengers are rescued.
Hakeem Yaseen has also urged to make Mughal road and Kishtwar-Daksum road as all weather alternate highways by started work on proposed tunnels there.
Hurriyat response for meaningful talks a good omen: Hakeem
Srinagar, Jun 24: Chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF), Hakeem Yaseen has welcomed the positive response of Hurriyat Conference for holding talks in a bid to resolve the Kashmir situation.
In a statement issued to media, Hakeem Yaseen termed the statement of Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Molvi Umar Farooq as a good omen that Hurriyat leaders were ready for dialogue with New Delhi, if “meaningful” talks are initiated. He said Governor S P Malik, being a responsible representative of the Central Government should provide a congenial environment to the central government interlocutors and genuine stakeholders of the Kashmir problem for initiating meaningful talks on Kashmir.
He said a sincere effort for talks was dire need of the time to stop daily killings and mayhem in the strife torn state.
Hakeem Yaseen hoped that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi would utilize his renewed mandate to resolve the vexed Kashmir problem once for all as this was the main bone of contention between India and its neighboring country Pakistan.
“Talks are the only way forward for ending animosity between India and Pakistan,” Hakeem Yaseen said adding that people of the state have become the first casualty of the strained relations between the two neighbouring countries since last seven decades.
Tarigami urges govt to revisit its approach
Srinagar, Jun 24: CPI (M) leader M Y Tarigami on Monday said that comprising four districts Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian, south Kashmir has been on the boil ever since July 2016. “Despite passing of three years, the situation in the region is not showing any significant improvement with media reports showing that some youths continue to join militant ranks,” he said.
In a statement issued to media, Tarigami said, “Why isn’t there significant change in south Kashmir despite huge deployment of security forces? Perhaps it is because muscular approach is not giving desired results and needs to be revisited. The policy makers need to answer these questions. Mere counting of arrests and killings are not an answer to this situation.”
“Arbitrary arrests, nocturnal raids and are causing insecurity and harassment among people in the region. It has been done before as well in the State, but it has never yielded anything. On the other hand, it just exacerbates the anger and gives rise to further uncertainty,” he said.
CPI(M) leader said that during early 1990’s large scale arrests took place which only worsened situation. “This is a tried and tested and failed model which we are afraid will only worsen the situation further,” he said.
“Similarly, some people arrested under different laws, are not being released despite courts ordering their release on bail. Those released by the courts are being re-arrested from the jail compound itself and booked under Public Safety Act (PSA),” Tarigami added.
He said that job of security forces is law enforcement. “You can control the unlawful activities only through lawful measures. Such a course amounts to violation of laws which cannot help in restoring order,” he said.
“Though the authorities lifted twice a week curbs on the movement of civilian vehicles on National Highway, reports of security forces harassing the commuters are still pouring in. In the name of security, people are being harassed day-in and day-out,” Tarigami added.
“The safety of security forces convoys is important, but in the name of security common people should not feel any inconvenience or harassment. Patients, students, employees, traders and others, who have to commute daily on the highway should be given full respect by the forces while their convoys move. There should be a better and people friendly way of protecting forces using the highway,” he said.
Back to Village programme: CS interacts with Panchayats reps, locals at Gurez, B’pora
Gurez, June 24: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam during his 2-day extensive visit to district Bandipora participated in the Back to Village Programme on Monday across several Panchayats and also visited Gurez.
The Chief Secretary visited Kanzalwan, Badwan, Wanpora and Khandyal Panchayats and interacted with Panchayat representatives and local people. He spent half a day in Panchayat Wanpora, attended the Gram Sabha there and interacted with Panches and Sarpanchs.
Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Superintendent of Police Rahul Malik and other senior officers of the district were also present.
Appreciating the concept of Back to Village Programme, people welcomed the initiative of the Government in bringing governance to the grassroots level. During the interactions, a number of demands were put forth for consideration of the Government including those related to construction of roads and bridges, construction of tunnel for keeping Bandipora-Gurez road open round the year, arrangements for winters, availability of ration, issues with regard to rehabilitation of people displaced by construction of dam, establishment of SBI Branches in Tulail and Gurez, employees issues, reservation, healthcare facilities construction of bunkers , creation of job avenues etc.
In his remarks, Chief Secretary observed that Back to Village Programme is aimed at energizing and strengthening the Panchayats and directing development efforts in rural areas through community participation. He said the feedback obtained from the visiting officers will be valuable to assess the development needs, analyze the economic potential of the villages/hamlets and to tailor areas specific government schemes/programmes.
Chief Secretary said that areas like Gurez have huge tourism potential. He said Government is actively considering establishment of a Tourism Development Authority here that will help in creation of tourism infrastructure albeit in a planned and eco-friendly manner so as to harness tourism potential of the area while maintaining its pristine glory. He further stated that several important development projects are at various stages of completion which include Khandyal-Bandipora road which will considerably reduce the distance between Bandipora and Gurez.
Chief Secretary said the Government is planning to make a special tourist corridor to connect Ladakh with Gurez, Tangdhar and other border areas of the state.
While responding to the grievances with regard to the Kishenganga Hydroelectric Power Project (KHEP), Chief Secretary said that government will examine the issue further. He said that improvement of power supply in Gurez will remain under focussed attention of the Government.
At Wanpora, Chief Secretary distributed poultry birds among several beneficiaries under the National Livelihood Mission.