SRINAGAR: National Conference on Friday said the people of Jammu and Kashmir were reeling under deprivation of ration because of PDP’s clear intent to persecute the people to derive political dividends out of their misery and suffering.
“The implementation of NFSA deprives around 50 lakh souls of ration and PDP’s continued defense of their NFSA atrocity with the people was not only insensitive but also indicated a prolonged delusion within the party,” senior NC leader, Chaudhary Ramzan said in a statement.
He said previous Omar-led government had opposed the implementation of NFSA in the state and had raised a number of objections officially with the government of India while highlighting the fact that millions of souls within J&K would be adversely affected. “The NFSA encapsulates a limitation of 75% for rural populations and 50% limitation for rural population and the sad part is the curtailed entitlement in J&K is even lower and stands at 63.55% for rural population and 47.10% urban population. The Omar-led government had demanded a 100% limitation for rural areas and a 75% limitation for urban areas and sought that not a single soul is negatively impacted by the implementation of any Central Act,” he said.
Ramzan said the previous state government had sought a minimum of 7 kg of ration per soul according to the 2011 census in a transparent manner in which nobody would be adversely affected or deprived of ration. “Instead of understanding this issue and protecting the interests of the people of J&K, PDP appeased the Central Government led by its ally, the BJP by implementing the NFSA in the State without considering the adverse impact of this Central Act on our people. No thought was given and the Act was impulsively implemented in the State, as is evident from thousands of glaring irregularities in ration cards – which has translated into enormous sufferings for the people,” he said.
He said the NFSA was against the interests of the people and came with a grave risk of spreading nutritional deprivation and food insecurity in the state. “Assurances of the CAPD director about making amendments in the Act are irrelevant as a Central Act cannot be amended by the state,” he added.