‘Govt has turned a blind eye towards issues of Jammu’

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JAMMU: Congress leaders from Jammu East Block 7, Ward No 4, held a meeting at Purani Mandi, Jammu under the leadership of Senior Congress leader and Former Minister J&K Yogesh Sawhney, General Secretary PCC & Incharge District President Jammu (U) on Thursday. The meeting, organised by Pawan Dev Singh, InCharge Jammu East, was held to review issues and problems concerning residents of Jammu city. The meeting talked about strengthening the party at booth level and various booth level events. The gathering also discussed matters of lack of sanitization in Jammu city, increasing threat of coronavirus and health issues and failure of Ayushman Bharat Card scheme in Jammu, coupled with lack of development in Jammu city.
Senior Congress leaders who attended the meeting included Madan Lal Malagar, Dr Ramakant Khajuria, Pawan Dev Singh, Atul Sharma, Chander Shekhar Sharma, Raj Kumar Dogra, Vijay Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Ram Magotra, Rakesh Sharma, Surinder Kumar, Rakesh Kumar and Raj Singh. Sawhney said that interaction with local representation revealed that residents are gravely concerned for their health amidst looming pandemic. He informed that Ayushman Bharat cards issued by the Government have no relevance since major hospitals in Jammu, including Govt Medical College Jammu and Narayana Hospital are not entertaining them.
Sawhney said that especially in the time of COVID, cleanliness and health should be major concerns. Jammu is not receiving equal development opportunities as other areas. Beds are not available in Jammu hospitals, health facilities are being denied to common man. Just putting on billboards for turning Jammu into a Smart City, won’t work without the needed technological development in all sectors. “Being a tightly packed area, Jammu city is exposed to a big risk and a large number of cases can come from here, posing a risk to people’s lives and safety. Yet, the Government is passive, which shows insensitivity and inaction of BJP leaders. Repeated complaints and frequently reiterated grievances by the public have come to no use. There’s an undeniable social impact of this oversight by authorities as well, which leads to resentment and bitterness among general public. It seems that the administration has turned a blind eye towards genuine troubles of Jammu,” he added.