Stop speech-making, focus on development, employment generation: Bhalla tells BJP



JAMMU: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla on Sunday said that the BJP’s claim of providing ‘pro-people’ governance stand exposed Central Government has failed miserably to address the issues affecting the general public.
He castigated the BJP government, saying that the common man is going through the worst sufferings under the current dispensation, which has sold its soul to few businessmen, ignoring the agonies of the countrymen.
He said that the country is presently going through a state of crisis.
“The graph of the inflation is on a constant rise, the fuel prices have touched the sky, and tens of lakhs of the farmers across the country are protesting for the last two and a half months for repeal of three farm laws aiming to snatch their right over their own lands. The victims of these three issues are the common men, the countrymen who are the true sons of the soil,” said the former Minister.
“The BJP claims that theirs is a government of the people, for the people. I ask them to explain how it could be a public friendly government when the common man is suffering from these issues for so long now,” he asked.
“If the policies of the Narendra Modi-led government were truly public friendly, then they would have brought the inflation under control and stopped the sky-rocket hike in the prices of fuel,” he said.
“Why are the farmers protesting on roads, in this biting cold for so long? At least 63 farmers have lost their lives in these protests. Who is responsible for their deaths,” he said.
Bhalla slammed BJP Govt over continuous discrimination with unemployed youth of Jammu region as towards the 76 posts of works supervisors advertised for filling up in Public Works Deptt (R&B) all for Kashmir Division.
He said that the advertisement issued by the J&K SSB provides that 76 posts of works supervisors for Kashmir Division shall be filled up through a written test with eligibility criteria of matric pass or its equivalent from any recognized Board or University and ITI certificate in Building construction or carpentry trade.
“While works supervisors post has been made a divisional cadre post and 76 such posts allotted to Kashmir Division not a single post has been advertised for Jammu Division thus once again depriving the already discriminated and incarcerated region of Jammu. While the Agriculture Deptt had assured withdrawal of notification with respect to posts of Agricultural Assistants and others when Jammu region was allotted mere 20 such posts against 136 for Kashmir, it was ironical that ongoing process for selection of works supervisors failed to attract the attention of authorities concerned. It was unfortunate to find the BJP leaders acting as mute spectators in the face of the extremely hostile treatment doled out to Jammu region. None of the BJP leaders had bothered to come out of their hiding despite a massive outrage having sparked in Jammu with the ITI trained youth of Jammu taking to streets and protesting for a due share to the Jammu region in the said posts so advertised.
The first select list released after abrogation of Art 370 in Fire Services Deptt had merely 70 candidates from Jammu region as against 620 selected from Kashmir division. The J&K Bank select list duly finalized by a reputed national level recruitment agency was quashed only for the reason that the share of Jammu region was higher than that of Kashmir. Urging upon the youth of Jammu to unite for seeking an equitable share in services, Bhalla assured that Congress would stand toe to toe and shoulder to shoulder with the educational, unemployed in their quest for justice.
Bhalla advised the BJP to stop rhetoric and focus on development and employment in marginalized Jammu and Kashmir.


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