Hitting out at the ruling PDP-BJP government in the state, opposition National Conference today accused them of callousness in providing basic facilities like drinking water and electricity to the people of Jammu region.
“The pesky power outage and acute drinking water shortage is unprecedented, which speaks of callousness of the government towards residents. They seem to have been held to ransom by the insensitive, irresponsible and anti-people government.
It is deliberately denying them basic facilities,” former minister and senior vice president of NC, Surjeet Singh Slathia said.
The former minister claimed the scenario in the rural areas was quite appalling.
“Apart from power and drinking water shortage, scarcity of food grains at CAPD outlets has added to the miseries of poor people,” he said.
“Instead of responding to grim situation, arising in the wake of ill-conceived policies of the coalition, and solving the problems of the people, the government is trying to muzzle and gage the voice of the opposition and the media by leveling false accusations,” Slathia said.
He described the coalition as a “hotchpotch combination of divergent forces” who were struggling to remain glued to power despite their inherent contradictions.
Slathia also said the wrong implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) has played havoc with the interests of rationed population.
“Not only have they been denied much needed food support due to reduction in scale but a huge chunk of population stands denied of rations by this anti-poor measure,” he said.