Coalition Govt miserably failed to improve livelihoods of state people: Bhalla


JAMMU, Jun 18: Both BJP-PDP had promised the people of state that they have plans for changing J&K's fortunes, citing the need to transform core sectors including proper water supply, accurate power supply, availability of ration. But the reality has been exposed before people of state that the coalition was not based on political ideology but on a determination to wrest power anyway. People of state need more than a change of government to help them tackle the serious socio-economic challenges facing the state. They need a government that can deliver services, boost the economy, support agriculture, tackle corruption - the list goes on. The truth is coalition Govt has miserably failed to take the tough decisions necessary to address these issues. It failed to improve the livelihoods of the state people. This was observed by former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla while addressing public gatherings at Qasim Nagar as a part of his continuous mass contact programme to listen to grievances of people of Gandhi Nagar constituency with his door to door campaign. The programme was organized by Panna Lal Goswami. Prominent among those present on the occasion include Deewan Chand, Gopal, Sumitra Devi, Lekh Raj, Papu, Manohar Lal.
Commenting on reports of sporadic violence in Srinagar, the waving of Pakistani flags and incidents of stone pelting, Bhalla said such events were taking place because of the state administration's inability to maintain law and order. He expressed concern over the "deteriorating law and order" situation in the Valley, saying it was a result of "wrong policies" of the ruling PDP-BJP dispensation in the state , which is a matter of grave concern. Appealing for peace and harmony in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that it was the responsibility of the Centre and the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state to ensure law and order."To the youth or the elderly people of valley, we will convey the message that violence is not the solution to any problem. Peace, harmony and brotherhood are the only answers," Bhalla said.
In wake of fast approaching Monsoon, Bhalla visited several main nallahas from Rajiv Nagar to Qasim Nagar, Pamposh Colony, Bilal colony and expressed resentment over no construction of nallahas despite availability of funds. He said these nallahas were damaged in flash flood but so far no one from Govt side has taken any step to repair these nallahas which may create havoc as the monsoon is round the corner if timely steps are not taken. He also expressed serious concern over damaged roads in Pomposh colony and Bilal colony.Bhalla slammed Govt's negligence in the maintenance of overall drainage system in Jammu. Recent rains lasting just an hour had inundated parts of the city of Jammu just because the choked drains could not support down flow of rain water. As a result water flowed into many residential houses causing them damage. It is a matter of much concern that the drains get choked owing to non clearance. There is need of streamlining the drainage system in Jammu. The revised Master Plan for Jammu-2032, framed by the Housing and Urban Development Department keeping in view the provisions under the Jammu and Kashmir Development Act, 1970 says that Jammu city does not have a planned and a full-fledged sewerage system. Jammu city has a poor drainage and sanitation system in place as a result the untreated water flows into water bodies and pollutes the environment, he added."In most parts of the old city, night soil is flushed into roadside drains and natural water channels causing fly nuisance and unhygienic conditions. The salvage waters in various areas are directly disposed into River Tawi or other water bodies without any treatment.

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