SRINAGAR: DPN President Ghulam Hassan Mir, PDF President Hakeem Mohamad Yaseen and CPI(M) leader Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami on Thursday asked governor SP Malik to reconsider state administrative council’s (SAC) decision to turn JK Bank into a public sector undertaking (PSU).
The trio in a joint statement said that bringing the Jammu and Kashmir Bank under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) act, the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) guidelines and the State Legislature, is a welcome step. “However, the decision of the SAC to turn the bank into a public sector undertaking (PSU) is unwarranted and must be reconsidered,” they said.
They said that there is need for thorough discussion on affairs of the J&K Bank, in the Legislative Assembly.
The leaders said that new Governor after taking reigns of the state had said that corruption, inefficiency and sluggishness within the system will not be tolerated. “However, months down the line, it seems corruption has reached to its peak and delivery on the ground is disappointing,” they said.
They said the situation which was there in the previous PDP-BJP government is still prevalent with people crying for basic amenities like power, potable water and ration. “The power scenario in Kashmir has turned from bad to worse as the Power Development Department has failed to ensure power supply as per their curtailment schedule. With harsh winter fast approaching, government must tackle this situation on priority,” the trio said.
Unemployment, they said, is on rise and no steps are being taken to tackle this menace.
While calling for an immediate end to killing spree of civilians, they expressed sympathies with the families of the victims. “Killing of civilians can never be solution to any problem. Whether the bullet from one side or the other side kills a civilian, it is loss of precious human life. Whose cause’ is fulfilled by the killings of civilians? Unfortunately, it is a Kashmiri who is being killed every day,” they said.
They said political initiatives and sincere confidence building measures (CBMs) is the real answer to the massive alienation prevalent among the people, especially youth.
During recent unexpected and untimely snowfall, the leaders said, orchardists in Kashmir suffered huge losses. “The announced scale of relief under state-specific special natural calamity for damaged orchards is insufficient given the quantum of destruction caused. The early snowfall not only affected the returns this year but is bound to affect the returns from the horticulture crops for the years to come. One-time exemption of KCC loan to the small farmers and fruit growers whose harvest was damaged by the snowfall is need of the hour,” they said.
They said the long pending demands of regularisation of daily-wages/casual labourers have not been met and even their wages are not being paid for months together. “They are awaiting their regularization although government has issued SRO last year which is quite disappointing. The meager incentives of ASHA and Mid-Day Meal scheme workers have not been paid for months, compounding their miseries,” they said.
Expressing serious concern over the condition of widows, orphans, destitute, handicapped, and old-aged people in the state, the leaders sought personal intervention of Governor for release of their long pending pensions.