“I couldn’t see Cong Party dying while being silent inside”
KISHTWAR, September 9: Former J&K Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today alleged that thousands of educated, skilled and semi-skilled local youths are being passed over for various jobs in local hydel energy projects and he will firmly raise this issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi shortly, if necessary.
Addressing a large public gathering in Drabshalla in Kishtwar district today, Azad said he was saddened to know that thousands of local youths are being ignored for jobs in new hydel projects and that many many foreigners are privileged. Even small and large contracts are awarded to outsiders and hundreds of workers in these energy projects have been brought in from outside J&K UT.
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Azad said that for any big energy project in a particular area, there are standing guidelines that people in that area will get nice land compensation, free power supply, preference to locals for jobs. But it is unfortunate that after the repeal of Section 370 and the conversion of this historic state into two union territories, things have gotten worse for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Unemployment has reached new heights, development work has been stalled. Locals are being ignored in all aspects, he added.
“Many projects have been shelved and there is no one to listen to the grievances of the public. The bureaucracy has gotten out of control. The DDCs, BDCs and Sarpanches have not been given powers like other states,” he said. He added that if necessary, he would soon meet with the Prime Minister and address the issue of local youth in the Chenab belt regarding jobs in energy projects.
The former AICC leader said Mughals, British, J&K leaders or even previous governments after independence never broke up this important state. Sadly, this government downgraded the historic J&K state to two UTs in 2019 and with those bad days for the people of this former state began. He said a popularly elected government was no match for it and should be reinstated after granting statehood to J&K. Azad said statehood, elected government, protecting residents’ jobs and land will be at the top of his agenda.
The former Chief Minister said he wanted to work for the welfare of the people of J&K with the same zeal and dedication as in his previous term and sought everyone’s support, love and cooperation. residents, regardless of religion or region.
While justifying his decision to quit the Congress Party, Azad said he had done his best to save the party which he, like many other old guards, had raised through hard work, blood and blood. of sweat, but his suggestions were ignored by the people running the business at the top. “Under such circumstances, I had two options, either to see the Congress Party die by remaining silent inside, or to come out of it, to fight for justice towards the people. So I opted for the second option. and I came back to serve my people in my home country,” Azad said.
Referring to recent targeted killings by militants in the valley, Azad said these killings should stop immediately and anyone wishing to return should be provided with security and accommodation. He said no one should be forced to return to Kashmir.
Azad said his party would work to ensure the honor, dignity, respect and integrity of the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and initiate confidence-building measures.
Azad said the industry is under threat of closure after the Covid-19 crisis. More than 60% of industries have closed. Thousands of workers were left jobless. There is a great need to revive the ailing J&K industry to provide much needed support, establish more and more skill development institutes and train our workforce/youth, daily bets have been protesting for a long time to wages and regularization. There are no sincere efforts for their settlement, he added.
Unfortunately, after snatching statehood, outsiders took full control of mining minerals like sand and gravel. With this, the rates of sand, stones, gravel (Bajri), etc. soared. Building a house has gone beyond the control of poor and lower middle class families. There are a lot of local resources that need to be plugged in. Rising prices have also made the lives of the poor miserable. The people are unable to project their problems in the absence of a popular government, he added.
Recalling the massive development of J&K during his two-and-a-half-year tenure as chief minister, Azad said that with his concept of three-shift work he had established in the old-time state. He would like to ensure development with the same zeal and dedication if his new party comes to power with the support and love of the people, Azad said.
Senior leaders, GM Saroori, Majid Wani, Naresh Gupta, Aslam Goni and Salman Nizami also accompanied Azad.