Srinagar, Dec 28: Hurriyat (M) Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday expressed his serious resentment and concern over the authorities’ approach of depriving the people of Kashmir of the basic amenities especially drinking water and electricity in this intensely cold bone-chilling weather stating that it seems that administration wants to punish the people of Valley collectively.
The spokesman said that addressing Friday gathering at the historic Jama Masjid, Mirwaiz said that one hand, forces have unleashed a reign of “terror” across south Kashmir by launching frequent CASOs wherein people of all ages including elderly, women and children are asked to stay out of their house in the biting cold for hours together, youth are “harassed and homes vandalised”, and on the other, people are being deprived of all the basic amenities needed at a time when temperature has plummeted to minus 8 degrees Celsius. This way, people are subjected to collective punishment. He demanded an immediate end to these operations.
Mirwaiz said that it was beyond doubt that people be it traders, employees, and the business community pay taxes and electricity dues not in lakhs but in crores and that our state was enriched with the natural resources producing huge amount of electricity and yet Kashmir is deprived of this much-needed facility at a time when people need it the most. He said the State has a huge potential of producing 20,000 megawatts of electricity that can fetch Rs 60,000 Crore income but unfortunately, not even the 10 per cent of the resources we have aren’t, being explored with the result entire Kashmir is plunged in a deep crisis at the time of freezing temperatures.
Mirwaiz said that J&K is bestowed with the natural resources that belong to the people of the State but unfortunately, people of this ill-fated State are deprived of it just to make them economically weaker every day. The height is that where Kashmir shivers with the minus temperatures, GOI through its non-state actors like NHPC is in control of most of the existing power projects of the State and is exporting our power to the States of India.
Due to the minus low temperatures, Mirwaiz said a vast chunk of the population in Srinagar is craving for the water and electricity while as in villages, the situation is much worse. This reflects how much development Kashmir has been achieved over the past 70 years as claimed by the successive rulers of Kashmir. He said that the year 2019 is about to start and the issue of providing uninterrupted water and electricity to the people remains a distant dream. Mirwaiz said that despite paying tax and the electricity fee in crores, why are people still kept away from the much-needed electricity supply in the winter months. He said when people raise their voice against it and demand adequate power supply, they are thrashed.
He said that while as a resistance leaderhip and the people of Kashmir are fighting for the just cause on one hand, but we can’t turn a blind eye to the shortage of basic amenities. Mirwaiz urged all section of society to raise voice against the shortage of basic facilities especially water and electricity stating that people are well within their rights to demand this basic facility.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz paid glowing tributes to militant Ishfaq Ahmed Wani killed in a brief shootout at Rinzipora, Awantipora stating that the repressive policies against youth are pushing the Kashmir’s young generation to wall. He said that resistance leadership and the people are committed to protect the sacrifices offered by the youth.
KCSDS alleges delimitation Sangh Parivar’s agenda
Srinagar, June 14: Prominent civil society group, Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) on Thursday alleged that “delimitation of assembly constituencies was the new agenda floated by Sangh Parivar and its drooling blind followers.”
In a statement issued here, KCSDS spokesperson warned government against any such misadventure as it is goaded on to act by them against all principles of justice in a democracy.
“Aggressive TV debates, columns, opinions and views have started appearing in print and social media providing the new government in effect to turn the numerical majority into a political minority in Jammu and Kashmir,” a statement issue here said.
“Imaginary grounds, bizarre justifications, outlandish claims are peddled to transplant brute majoritarianism in Kashmir to further politically disempower the Muslim majority.” “And yet the government intriguingly comes up with the allegation that it is Kashmiri political parties who are raking up the issue to deceive people.”
The KCSDS spokesperson said that the “delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly seats will end the partisanship that favors Kashmir. “We want to tell this Government that every day new narratives are manufactured in New Delhi through TV debates and social and print media to dislodge, disempower and denigrate Kashmiris to obfuscate their struggle for their rights,” KCSDS spokesperson said, adding “We are not fond of manufacturing false narratives. We have truth on our side for which we are struggling. We are compelled to respond to the falsehoods being perpetrated every day. We want to live in just peace which could dawn only by restoring people’s rights and not by snatching then under one pretext or the other.”
World Blood Donor Day: Dulloo inaugurates mega blood donation camp at Srinagar
Srinagar, June 14: To commemorate the ‘World Blood Donor Day’, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department Atal Dulloo inaugurated a mega blood donation camp here F riday.
The camp was organized by Jammu and Kashmir State AIDS Control Society at Government Medical College, Srinagar in collaboration with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, GMC, Srinagar.
The event was aimed to raise awareness of safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.
While appreciating the organizers of the camp, Dulloo said that such initiatives help in saving thousands of lives when several people suffer due to lack of availability of blood.
He also appealed the youth to generously donate blood for saving the precious lives.
During the camp, students from Medical College, Islamia College and Amar Singh College Srinagar also donated the blood.
Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir State AIDS Control Society is celebrating the Day as a month-long activity during which seminars, symposiums, poster competitions will be held across all the educational institutions to create awareness among the masses regarding voluntary blood donation.
PGRP program concludes
Srinagar, June 14:- 23rd Postgraduate Research Presentation (PGRP) programme, which was inaugurated by the Governor Satya Pal Malik on 12th June, concluded on Friday at SKIMS auditorium.
During the event outgoing, Post-doctoral, Doctoral and Postgraduate students of SKIMS Soura, SKIMS Medical College Bemina, GMC Srinagar presented research papers on varied topics. 114 research papers were presented this year and the best research papers from Medicine and allied, Surgery and allied were awarded.
On the occasion Ex-Medical Superintended SKIMS & Dean Dr. G J Qadri was present as Chief Guest.
Director SKIMS, Dr. Omar Javed Shah appreciated presence of G J Qadri and recalled his contributions to SKIMS. Dr. O.J Shah urged young doctors to strive for honesty and be dedicated to profession.
Dr. G J Qadri in his address said that PGRPP is a platform for young doctors to present their research work, which is essential to find better ways of treatment. Every medical institute should have three focus areas which include patient care, teaching and research, he added.