From assembly: Rebukes rain on govt after snowfall

Jammu: Legislators of the ruling PDP-BJP joined the opposition NC and Congress on Wednesday in cornering the government on the issue of hardships faced by people because of the recent snowfall in the state.
The opposition members had stormed into the well of the house accusing the government of failing to restore road connectivity and electricity in most of the areas affected by recent snowfall.
Senior NC leader and MLA Khanyar, Ali Mohammad Sagar said in the assembly that the tall claims and assurances made by the Deputy CM, who is also in charge of the power department, had fallen flat. Sagar said that electricity had not been restored in 90% of the areas in his constituency and all the major roads in the Valley were still closed.
“The government is missing from the ground and the people of the valley have been left with no option other than to suffer in the extreme cold. This government has been buried under two inches of snow as many hospitals are without any heating supply,” Sagar said.
BJP leader and MLA Doda, Shakti Singh Parihar supported the opposition members in blaming the government for its failure on “ground level”. He told the house that most of the areas in his constituency were without road connectivity and that electricity in many areas was missing.
Commenting on the non-availability of basic ‘paani, sadak and bijli’ in his constituency, Congress leader and MLA Bandipora Usman Majeed accused the government of being indifferent towards the problems of common people.
“People are calling me even now and asking me to direct the officials to work on restoring the basic facilities. This government has adopted an anti-common-people approach,” Usman said.
Criticising his own government for not being able to address the woes of people, PDP leader and MLA Rafiabad Yawar Mir told reporters outside the assembly hall, “My constituency is cut-off from the rest of the world. The administration is missing from the ground. There is no electricity and government has no snow-clearance machines. They (government) have put JCBs on ground for snow clearance. The government should have taken up these issues on priority basis.”
Reacting to such accusations, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri said that all the main departments involved in managing post-snowfall situations have been working round the clock. He said that all the main district roads had been cleared of snow and that electricity had been restored in most of the areas in the Valley.
The minister’s claim was challenged by Peoples’ Conference leader and MLA Kupwara Bashir Ahmad, who accused the government of neglecting the north Kashmir districts even though they had been more affected by the recent snowfall.
Earlier, while accusing the government of neglecting the Ladakh region, Congress Legislative Party Leader Nawang Rigzin Jorah said, “All the electricity is being supplied to the army in Ladakh and the common people get only four hours of electricity in a day. This government has been totally neglecting the Ladakh region ever since it came to power.”
Later, amid sloganeering against the government, Congress legislator Asgar Ali Karbalayee was marshalled out of the house on the directions of the Deputy Speaker.