SRINAGAR: Senior PDP leader and Member Parliament, Tariq Hameed Karra on Tuesday said that government of India shouldn’t “play truant” over the much-needed financial package for Jammu and Kashmir.
He also said that the political leadership in New Delhi must “rise above petty political considerations” and invest liberally in the state to restore public infrastructure, revive economy and help flood-affected people to restart their livelihood.
“Unfortunately, the rhetorical assurances on much-trumpeted financial package have started causing immense harm to the credibility of the government as cynicism is mounting among the people over the bigoted attitude of the Government of India towards the flood-affected state and its people,” Karra said in a statement .
“Irony is that even after a year of devastating floods that battered private and public infrastructure in Kashmir, people are merely being barraged with assurances, with nothing tangible coming forth from GoI.”
He said that this “jugglery of words and the stinginess” with which the GoI was responding to the monumental tragedy of Jammu and Kashmir, has invoked a general suspicion among the people about the policy of contempt being adopted by New Delhi towards the state.
“It is because of these prejudiced policies towards Kashmir, that there has been always an inherent feeling of mistrust among Kashmiris towards New Delhi,” he said.
“The onus is on the GoI, which was neither forthcoming in pressing into service enough manpower to deal with the disaster, nor in pumping enough funds in the face of the enormity of the tragedy,” Karra said
He said that devastating floods of September 2014 proved to be one of the costliest natural calamities in recent history of the state. “It was and is the responsibility of the GoI to share the financial burden of rehabilitating the flood-affected and reconstructing the mangled infrastructure.”