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BJP govt deprived Jammu people of basic amenities: Bhalla
12/1/2019 10:13:53 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Dec 1:Former Minister and senior Congress leader, Raman Bhalla on Sunday said that there is strong resentment among people of Jammu region towards BJP which has miserably failed to address even basic issues of the people of the area.
This was stated by Bhalla while addressing Block meeting of Gandhi Nagar constituency at Preet Nagar Digiana organized by Corporator Dawarka Choudhary.
While addressing a public meeting Bhalla said that majority of people maintained that no new developments but only facelifts of previous works were done in the area."BJP was in power at the Centre and in the erstwhile J&K State too, it was easy for the party to forward issues of common masses through their Government in the State to the Union Ministry concerned, for mitigating the sufferings of people but they took them casually," Bhalla said.
He pointed out that there was total chaos and confusion among people as BJP leadership has failed to remove peoples' apprehensions. "On the one hand, there is complete uncertainty in J&K, while on the other hand people are confronting with failure of the administration to solve day today problems", he said, adding that most parts of the city are facing scarcity of potable water and power and dilapidated condition of lanes.
"Even after one year since Panchayat elections, the development activities in rural areas have come to a standstill due to non-availability of funds. Panchayats are virtually defunct and rural populace is crying for development," Bhalla said.
He demanded that all Deputy Commissioners must be directed to visit the blocks under their jurisdictions to ensure better coordination between Government departments and elected Panchayat members. He also demanded to increase honorarium of elected Panchs and Sarpanchs and clear Rs 700 crore liabilities under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). He demanded that Government should now constitute District Development Planning Boards.
"People in J&K will only get fully empowered when planning boards are constituted as it holds great significance for PRIs", Bhalla said. He alleged that Back to Village Programme' of the Union Government is turning merely flop show as the works projected by different Panchayats and local villagers across the Jammu and Kashmir during first phase of `Back to Village Programme' in June this year could not be implemented till date.
Panchayats are not being taken into confidence or involved in the programme. With which face again the officers would go to the villagers for the second phase of the campaign, he asked. One year has lapsed after completion of election of ULB's but but no visible change has been witnessed on ground. All the councilors of JMC irrespective of political affiliations are facing problem due to shortage of funds for developmental activities, he said.
Malhotra speaking on the occasion slammed utter failure of BJP which had the mandate of Jammu region since 2014 to carry forward the projects initiated by the previous Govt both at State and Centre and to upgrade the infrastructure and augment various supply schemes, have resulted into total mess and several projects either standstill or going on snail's paces, causing great loss to Jammu region and adding hardships to the people on various fronts. Corporator Dawarka Choudhary blamed BJP for betraying the people of Jammu on the issue of statehood and misleading the people on various emotive issues.
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