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Despite ‘tragic’ situation, JK admin continues celebrations, tourism promotion
Bearing brunt of Covid, Jammuites seek PM Modi’s intervention
1/24/2022 12:05:17 AM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 23: Even as Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a deadly spike in the Covid cases and the winter capital region is “bearing the brunt of the mortality”, the J&K administration has decided to go ahead with the tourism day celebrations on January 25.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has come out with advertisement that the National Tourism Day celebrations would be held across the Union Territory at health resorts. Some of the places where the festivities are scheduled to be held include Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Doodhpathri, Yousmarg, Sanasar, Patni Top and Bhaderwah. Ironically, over seventy persons had recently tested positive at the ski resort of Gulmarg alone. The health experts had said the Gulmarg was a “Covid hotpot and could prove a superspreader for the deadly virus.” “But our bosses have been giving deaf ears to the advisory of the medical health experts to give a rosy picture of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, as otherwise complaints of corruption and misgovernance catch attention,” said a group of senior officials on the condition of anonymity working at the Civil Secretariat. They said a senior official on deputation in Jammu and Kashmir, who has come under “scanner for allegations of corruption” wants to “be in the good books of some quarters by holding festival after festival.”
“This had never happened in Jammu and Kashmir that when weekly lockdowns are being extended the government is busy with festivities which can only prove superspreaders and detrimental,” the officials said.
It’s pertinent to mention that Jammu has been witnessing the brunt of the deaths due to Covid for the second consecutive year whereas the allegedly poor preparedness of the administration has come under public scanner.
“Instead of taking care of the lives of the people, the government has been focusing on tourism promotion and festivities. This is really unfortunate,” said a senior medico on the condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile the people of Jammu have appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally look into the matter. “This administration has been misleading New Delhi and Modi Ji through festivals or sorts whereas the reality is that corruption and misgovenance have been at all times high. Modi Ji should personally look into the matter and come to our rescue as we have full faith in him,” the Jammuites said.
A senior official however said the National Tourism Day had to be celebrated in accordance with the national guidelines for the event. He said due care would be taken about the Covid protocols during the festivities.
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