Srinagar: National Conference and Apni Party on Monday expressed concern over power outages during Sehri and Iftar in Kashmir saying the government’s claim of ensuring electricity in Ramadan has fallen flat.
In a statement, senior NC leader Mubarak Gul expressed concern over the frequent power outages in Srinagar. “On the contrary, ever since the holy month of Ramadan has set in, electricity has been playing hide and seek with the consumers particularly during Iftaar, Sehri, and Taraweeh hours. This has put the people to undue trepidation.
“However the concerned departments have failed to live up to its promise to ensure adequate power supply to domestic consumers,” he said.
Gul said that he has been receiving phone calls from across the old city areas particularly Eidgah constituency about power cuts at Sehri and Iftar. “People are forced to have Sehri and Iftaar under candlelight lamps. It goes without saying that the usage of electricity increases manifold during the ongoing month. I am hopeful that the concerned authorities will live up to its promises and ensure adequate power supply to consumers across Srinagar, in particular the suburban area of Pal Pura in Eidgah constituency,” he added.
Asking the government to rise up to the exigencies during the ensuing month, Gul said, “In view of the challenges, the present situation has thrown at us, government should come to the rescue of people and provide additional ration to people at subsidized rates. The underprivileged falling in BPL, AAY category should be given free ration for the entire month. The ration stores across the length and breadth of J&K should be kept open catering to the needs of people throughout the month. Government should also increase the quota of sugar to consumers during the ensuing month.”
He asked the government to take cognizance of scarcity of essentials across Kashmir including taking action against those meat sellers who are charging exorbitant rates from consumers. “It looks like the government is sleeping at a time when it should have taken pre-emptive measures to ensure hassle free Ramadan to people. I hope the concerned departments will swing into action to ensure price stability across markets,” the NC leader said.
Apni Party president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Monday said the frequent curtailment in electric and water supplies besides the unprecedented price rise of essentials is presently giving a tough time to the people.
Addressing a joining ceremony held at the party office in Lal Chowk, Srinagar in which various prominent political activists from Devsar-Kulgam joined the party, he asked the administration to live up to its promises made before the onset of the holy month of Ramadan.
“It is highly unfortunate that the people are subjected to frequent power outages particularly at Iftaar and Sehri times in this blessed month. Prices of vegetables and fruits have skyrocketed. The ground situation is totally contradicting the much hyped claims made by the administration,” he said while appealing Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to take a review of the situation and order for immediate steps to be taken for easing out the sufferings of the people.
“It is highly regrettable that our administration is unable to provide hassle free essential services and regulate market prices even in this holy month and not to talk of the round the year dismal situation,” Bukhari added.