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Central Ministers on sabbatical  in J&K at public expense: Harsh

Kud, SEP 27 ( KINS):  “With rest of the states of the country facing turmoil and disturbances in the wake of raging inflation and farmers agitation, the Union Ministers appear to have chosen the peaceful and calm environs of J&K for a pleasant break. These Central Ministers are on a sabbatical in J&K on govt expense far away from the heat generated by the protesters across the nation over anti people policies of govt and other issues. The places of visit have been randomly selected by the said Ministers in consultation with their local party colleagues ensuring that troublesome areas are omitted from their itinerary and disgruntled people are avoided”. This was stated by . Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and former Minister while addressing NPP’s Leadership Training and Public Awareness Camp at Kud today.

Pointing towards the media reports  that the Union Ministers were visiting J&K to aware the people about benefits of abrogation of Art 370 and withdrawal of special status, Singh said that people of J&K knew more about the after effects of Art 370 than the visiting Ministers.  “The said Ministers were indulging in inaugurations of some petty development works having nothing to offer to the people of J&K with their speeches full of tired shibboleths. It was not understandable as to how the same could help them achieve their objective of educating people. It was further not clarified as to what prompted them to visit J&K with the aforesaid motive two years after the scrapping of Art 370 and downgrading of the state into UTs”, asserted Singh.

Taking a pot-shot at the Ministers for making announcements of some development schemes, Mr. Singh said that majority of them were already ongoing projects. And several other announcements were only a repetition of the promises made earlier, said Singh. Asserting that Ministers’ sojourn to J&K under the name and style of “Public outreach programme” was only an eyewash, Mr. Singh said that it had nothing to do with the aspirations of the people. The people were being hardly taken on board during the said programmes. It was a one way communication from the Ministers who believed in monologues only. The people in general were not allowed to ventilate their feelings or to project their grievances during the programmes of Ministers. And such being the nature of the so called Public outreach programmes, they had evoked more of a cynicism than appreciation. These sojourns  to J&K had in essence proved as pleasure trips of Central Ministers who had opted for a peaceful J&K as against the all other disturbed states of the country bearing the brunt of opposition’s onslaughts and protests over multifarious issues”, maintained Singh.( KINS)

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