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No substitute to credible political process, says PDP

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Anantnag, Oct 28: Addressing one day convention of party workers in South Kashmir at Anantnag, PDP Chief Spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir said that the political process backed with durable CBMs is the only way forward to restore peace.
Urging the Government of India to widen the ambit of Confidence Building Measures that PDP initiated including Amnesty to first time offenders, Mir said that an unclear picture of this amnesty scheme initiated by PDP earlier, has put in jeopardy lives of thousands of aspiring youth who want to shun the path of violence.
Stating that there is no substitute to a credible political process Mir said that years of trust gained by any mainstream party by virtue of CBMs and a political engagement should not become a causality of politics as it becomes a collective investment in the stakes of peace and today the government should take further these reconciliatory measures.
Expressing dismay on continued cycle of violence Mir said, that Valley’s present political problem should not be seen with security prism alone, there are other aspects to it and a strong reconciliatory approach alone can achieve peace. Mir said that it is heartbreaking to see the loss of innocent lives, the forced political freeze and lack of acceptance that dialogue alone can solve this issue, will only worsen the problem.
Mir said that Government of India must widen the ambit of CBMs that PDP initiated during its tenure including re-implementation of the Unilateral Ceasefire, terming it a popular and unanimous decision of all mainstream parties, Mir said if GoI intends to strengthen the mainstream, in Valley, then it must carry forward its promises made to the people to restore faith.
Mir said that PDP made an attempt to convince Delhi to shift its policy and it was successful to some extent, softening of stance would be in genuine interest of nation and should not be over politicized, people of Kashmir have been the worst sufferers of the political lull and any hard stance will only have adverse impact on the psyche of people Mir added.


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BJP’s divisive agenda stands rejected: NC

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Srinagar, Dec12 : Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday asserted that the debacle of BJP in Hindi heart land reflects triumph of truth over falsehood and the revulsion of people for divisive and communal politics.

In a statement released from party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah Srinagar Provincial Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said that the recent election results in five states reveal that people are the real source of power and that they cannot be taken for granted. “People anticipate deliverance on development issues.

The results should act as an eye opener to those political parties who continue to play politics of polarization. The results are reflective of the fact how people have disapproved of BJP’s divisive agenda aimed at sowing seeds of communal discord,” he said.Imran said that unqualified, naïve and haughty attitude of the BJP leadership and government towards farmer distress and the apathetic condition of small business holders is responsible for their failure in the elections that many say were the semi-finals for the forth coming national elections.

“They however tried their level best to garner support by name changing frenzy, but the people did not heed that claptrap and gave befitting reply to them,” he said.Imran said that the poll debacle of BJP is pointer of the change that people are yearning for. “The results show that people aren’t swayed by fanfare, slogan mongering and catachreses,” he said.

He said that people are now aware of BJP’s poor performance on economic front and foreign affairs front mishandling coupled with its historic mismanagement while dealing with Jammu & Kashmir. “People’s wisdom ought to be respected who want a government that could deliver,” he said.He said that the very secular visage of India was being fiddled with every day. “The results have reinstated that India is a country for all,” he said adding, “Every election is like a fare that invigorates the democratic setup of a country.”

He said that the consequences of BJP’s drubbing in these states should act as eye opener to all parties that politics is a medium to serve people humbly. “I wish the change augments well for our state too,” he said adding, “Those who were looking upto BJP for their political sustenance in Kashmir and were acting as their Trojan horses here won’t be able to see their dreams materialize.”

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Tarigami demands one time KCC loan exemption to farmers

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Kulgam, Dec 12: While expressing serious concern over rising unemployment, power scarcity, corruption and unabated arrests and killings in Kashmir, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Wednesday demanded one-time exemption of KCC loan to the small farmers and fruit growers whose harvest was damaged by the recent heavy snowfall.

This was mentioned in a press release issued here.

Addressing workers convention at Kulgam today he said the announced scale of relief under “state-specific special natural calamity” for damaged orchards due to snowfall is quite inadequate given the quantum of destruction. Besides, the huge damage to the present crop, the snowfall caused massive damage to fruit trees. Millions of trees have been damaged due to the snowfall and the mainstay of the Kashmir economy – horticulture – is in shambles. Even the announced meagre relief has not been disbursed among the victims though almost one and half months have passed.

Tarigami said that the need is to announce one-time exemption of KCC loan to the small farmers and fruit growers whose harvest was damaged by the snowfall, besides the implementation of Crop Insurance Scheme (CIS) in the state. “Though the announcement of the crop insurance scheme was made by the government, it is unfortunate that the said scheme has not implemented in Kashmir so far. It becomes an obligation for the government to come to the support and succour of the farmers and orchardists as they form the backbone of the state’s economy and have always been suffering on account weather vagaries,” said he.

The issue of unemployment, he said, has reached to an alarming proportion as successive governments have failed to suggest a framework to tackle this issue. No policy framework has been suggested to address this huge and vulnerable problem. In absence of other viable avenues, government sector is the only area which provides some opportunity of employment generation. But, the inability of the government in creating such opportunities the future seems to be bleak for our younger generation.

 

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Defunct street lights, decayed electric wires irk Karan Nagar traders

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Srinagar, Dec 12: The Traders Community Wednesday alleged that the main commercial hub of Srinagar City has been ignored by the authorities.

President Traders Federation Karan Nagar Ajaz Shahdhar said that the street lights of this commercial hub are defunct from past couple of years and no efforts are being made to rectify them or to make them functional, considering that Karan Nagar road leads to the premier hospitals of the state SMHS and SKIMS.

“After the sunset and in the absence of street lights, the shopkeepers windup their business much earlier than the desired time,” he said.

The Traders Federation added that high tension wires of PDD pass very close and at low height to the commercial buildings, thereby putting the lives of the people in danger. In past, there have been such instances where people got electrocuted due to low lying, old and damaged electric wires and electric poles that are yet to be replaced.

Though the effort of road widening were taken earlier, but those widened roads are yet to be macadamized leading them to damps in rains and thereby causing lot of inconvenience to general public.

The Traders Federation has sought the intervention of higher ups.

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