The main opposition party in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today expressed serious concern over the prevailing situation in the state. In a memorandum submitted to Governor NN Vohra, National Conference said that continued political vacuum that has affected the State’s Human Rights situation, economy and growth adversely.
“The present dispensation has failed to protect the special status guaranteed to the State and its people under Article 370 and 35-A of the Constitution of India,” the memorandum said.
The memorandum said that the already alarming level of alienation in the Valley, as evidenced by a sharp rise in militancy, has been further accentuated by repeated attempts to undermine Jammu and Kashmir’s unique political identity and the sentiments of the people.
“Jammu and Kashmir National Conference has been of the consistent opinion that the issue in J&K is that of a political nature and deserves a sustained, holistic and comprehensive political engagement”.
The party reiterated their stand seeking a meaningful and result-oriented political dialogue with all shades of opinion.
According to the memorandum, National Conference registered its disappointment at the State Government’s failure to prevent the loss of civilian lives despite repeated assurances of restraint and accountability in such cases.
The memorandum mentioned the recent killings of two young mothers in Kashmir during counter-insurgency operations.
“Not only has the State Government failed to prevent such atrocities, it has also utterly and completely failed to deliver justice in such cases. The sense of impunity that surrounds such incidents is thriving under the patronage of the State Government which has had little to offer apart from rhetoric. Therefore, we want to reiterate our demand for an immediate cessation to such atrocities and swift and effective justice in all such cases”.
The party also expressed concern about the mass crackdowns and search operations ‘where entire villages are ransacked and civilians subjected to harassment and humiliation’.
The memorandum said that unemployment and un-employability are two major challenges before the State.
“On both counts the Government has miserably failed. This has lead to discontent among the youth of the State which can have dangerous consequences and thus should have been a priority of the State Government”.
The party also said that transparency in recruitment is a casualty and is replaced by blatant backdoor appointments.
Taking on the state government, National Conference said that it has failed to deliver on its promise to ensure the return of Power Projects as per Rangarajan Committee Report.
“Infact the Government of India has refused to return the Power Projects on the floor of the Parliament, which is a major setback to the State”.
“The State is witnessing an unprecedented power-crisis due to the failure of the State Government to make key infrastructural upgradations and changes in the power distribution system well in time thereby causing great inconvenience to the people”.
National Conference also expressed concern over the lack of essential commodities in the state.
“The State Government has failed to ensure the availability of essential commodities and rations to the people of the State. This has resulted in unimaginable misery to the people, especially the lesser privileged sections of the society. This has been a regular feature of this Government’s insensitivity since the past almost three years. This needs immediate redressal as it concerns the dignified survival of the people”.
National Conference said that the State’s Tourism Industry is in a state of crisis and unprecedented recession due to the failure of the State Government to ensure an atmosphere of peace and stability and work with stakeholders in the industry to resuscitate the sector which provides livelihood and succour to a vast chunk of our population.
“We demand immediate, concrete and effective steps should be taken to restore the Tourism Industry in the State without any further delay”.