Governance ‘invisible’ on ground, people pushed to wall: NC

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SRINAGAR: Expressing concern over the “development deficit” and “administrative indifference” in the Valley, the National Conference on Friday alleged that the basic governance was “invisible” and people have to run from pillar to post for their basic demands with farmers being the “worst-affected” after the recent ill-timed snowfall.
In a statement issued here, NC provincial spokesperson and in-charge Kulgam, Imran Nabi Dar, said that the erratic power supply had aggravated the people of Kulgam. “Along with other areas in south, villages and towns in Kulgam are facing acute power shortage. Electricity is playing hide-and-seek with the consumers. Administration is invisible on ground and the aggravated masses have been left to fend for themselves,” he said.
He said the “pesky” power supply had rendered the whole population of the district in “darkness”. “Poorest of the poor are paying their bills and yet their homes are reeling under darkness. The assurances of the administration have turned out to be a hoax. The situation is far worst in the surrounding rural areas of main town,” he alleged further.
The spokesperson said that the town and the rural hamlets surrounding Kulgam constituency presented a “depressing look”. “The district is deficient in basic infrastructure. The pitiful condition of people in Kulgam, their woes and their miseries aren’t being redressed to the point that people have deemed the insensitivity of officials, to be their fate. Kulgam hasn’t been on the development radar of government for nearly one-and-a-half decade. This needs to change,” he said.
“We in National Conference stand for inclusive development of all districts of the state, and Kulgam as such, known as the rice bowl of Kashmir, should get its due. The apathetic situation of Kulgam if persists can morph into a much awful situation,” he added.