Srinagar: As the Government of India continues to delay a relief and rehabilitation package for Kashmir’s flood victims, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday said the time has come for people to stop seeking government aid and that they should reject any financial package.
“Time has come when the people of Kashmir should stop looking for help from the government, reject aid and so-called packages and inculcate in them the spirit of self-help to utilise their collective efforts,” Mirwaiz said during an awards ceremony held to felicitate people who worked as volunteers during the floods last year.
The awards ceremony was held at Islamia Higher Secondary School Rajouri Kadal in which the Mirwaiz, who is also the patron of Dar-ul-Khair, gave away medals and memorabilia to 25 religious, social and political organisations who where in the forefront of relief and rehabilitation work. 35 individuals from different walks of life were also felicitated. Also, 70 youth volunteers were given certificates.
Mirwaiz, in his speech, while lauding the courage of people, especially the youth for carrying out relief and rehabilitation, also hailed the efforts of those who provided financial assistance in undertaking the “Akh Akis” – an initiative of Dar-ul-Khair for building houses for the flood affected. The Mirwaiz said such initiatives were aimed at invigorating society with the spirit of community service, collaboration, self-help and self-reliance.
Taking a dig at the government, Mirwaiz said that when people were hit by the worst ever natural calamity, the government was caught napping and had disappeared. The Hurriyat (M) Chairman said the people, especially youth, exhibited courage and endangered their lives to save those who were struck by nature’s fury: “Such a gesture of self-help and collective effort proved that Kashmiris could withstand any difficult situation without the help and aid of the government.”
Mirwaiz also thanked mediapersons, medicos, youth, members of Dar-ul-Khair Mirwaiz Manzil and people representing various walks of life for their extraordinary work during the floods and its aftermath. Before the awards ceremony, a documentary film on the relief and rehabilitation work done by Dar-ul-Khair was also screened.