BANDIPORA, June 23: A delegation of prominent personalities of Bandipora today called on J&K Peoples Conference President Sajad Gani Lone and held a detailed discussion on a number of issues faced by the people of Bandipora. The delegation comprised of political activists, social activists and prominent individuals representing their respective areas. Along with PC President, senior leader Nizam-ud-din Bhat, Political Secretary to PC President Yasir Reshi, prominent business people Ghulam Nabi Tantray, Naseer Mir were also present.
As per a statement issued by the party, the visiting delegation met and interacted with PC leadership to discuss an array of issues concerning the party and the people of J&K. The delegation apprised the PC President a bout the problems faced by the people due to a huge disconnect between the administration and people of J&K. “In absence of an elected government, the people of J&K are facing immense hardships. The inaccessibility of this administration deepens the disconnection. People are showing up in droves in government departments and demanding to be heard. However at every level of government there is little or no access and audience”, the spokesperson quoted the delegation as having said.
Some of the critical issues that were raised during the interaction include the lack of irrigation facilities in Aloosa block as well as pendency of Aloosa Lolab road. Representatives of Arin block expressed their long pending demand for it to be developed into a world class tourist destination spot in order to create employment and economic opportunities for the inhabitants of these backward and far-flung areas. The representatives of Bankoot block raised the issue of not having insurance covers for laborers working for Beacon and the urgent need for a transparent criterion for engagement of laborers in Beacon.
The delegation also raised the important issue of management of the Wular Basin. They demanded that locals should be involved in the Wular project and its benefits must reach the local fishermen and community.
After giving a patient hearing to the issues and grievances of the delegation, PC President Sajad Lone said there is an immediate need for greater interaction of officers at grassroots and urged the administration to work as a bridge between the government and citizens that promises a more effective and efficient governance delivery system. He assured the delegation that the party will take up the issues confronting them at all levels for their swift redressal.
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