Srinagar: Ruling National Conference ministers Ali Muhammad Sagar and Sajad Ahmed Kitchloo Thursday refuted allegations of opposition parties that government was ill-prepared for the snowfall leading to massive power shutdown and road blockades in the Kashmir Valley
Both the Ministers said that their “movement” was restricted because of the Model Code of Conduct for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We can’t help people and provide relief to them. We can’t use state machinery as you know our movement is restricted by Election Commission,” Sagar was quoted as saying by a local news agency CNS .
Sagar castigated the opposition PDP for criticising the government and said that all the ruling ministers and legislators are in touch with the people while administration at district levels are working hard to clear roads and restore electricity in every party of the Valley. “I admit that people faced a lot of inconvenience because of the heavy snowfall. But, we did our best and utilized all our resources to take people out of trouble.
He admitted that certain parts of South Kashmir including Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian are without electricity supply and locals especially opposition party complained about the absence of administration to deal with their problems. “This is not true. I along with Sajad Kitchloo are in touch with administration and people and we have used at least 43 fire tenders to drain out the water from the roads and lanes. All the departments including Power Development Department and R&B are working day in and day out to overcome the difficulties that people are facing.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Sajad Kitchloo told CNS that he visited a number of areas including Kishtwar and took stock of the arising situation. “Air traffic has been resumed and efforts are on to open to Srinagar-Jammu high way. Almost all the roads have been cleared and there is no dearth of essential commodities,” he said adding that some parts of Kishtwar including Marwah, Paddar and Wadwan are still without electricity and efforts are on to restore the same.