PDP smells foul

SRINAGAR: Cautioning the government against any manipulations for political ends in creation of new administrative units, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday demanded publication of the Mushtaq Ganai report on the subject.
“By employing the Cabinet Sub-Committee for cosmetic meetings on the subject, the government was apparently up to a mischievous agenda to serve the political interests of some ministers,” PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said while addressing a meeting of party workers here convened to welcome into the party fold, Shabir Ahmed Mir, a prominent citizen of Tangmarg area in north Kashmir’s Baramullah district, according to a PDP statement.
Mehbooba said that the government would invite trouble “if it created new administrative units in a secretive, selective and hush hush manner.”
“We won’t allow them to repeat the fraud that was committed in establishment of health centers recently which has left most deserving areas without the basic Medicare facility but served only the interests of a few influential ministers,” Mehbooba said.
She said the Mushtaq Ganai committee report should be made public to seek the opinion of the people instead of holding hurriedly convened cosmetic meetings, by a group of ministers who even select the audience for such meetings on political considerations in order to seek suggestions convenient to the political agenda of ruling parties.
The PDP president alleged that even the schools were opened and upgraded only in few constituencies represented by some influential ministers, leaving more genuine claims of other areas unaddressed.
“These ministers virtually buy loyalties of their supporters at the cost of the interests of the rest of the state,” she said.