Ten months ago Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had proudly announced on the micro blogging site that he will take his cabinet to Tangdhar in North Kashmir. “This week I take the Cabinet to Tangdar in North Kashmir. Once a month we will meet in a remote part of the state. Gurez, Machil and Keran”,Omar had twitted on May 26,2012.
Omar kept his promise and on May 30 after attending the meeting he once again shared his thoughts on twitter, “Had a very productive visit to Karnah. “Time will tell if we are able to deliver the results of such cabinet meeting to the areas we visit”.
On the same day Omar had also announced schedule of his next meeting. “Next month a similar cabinet meeting will be held in Gurez. Last Wednesday of every month the cabinet will meet outside Srinagar/Jammu.”
For next three months Chief Minister Omar Abdullah could not chair even one meeting outside the summer capital in remote areas of the state either in Kashmir/Jammu division. After a long wait the second meeting took place in Gurez in the second week of September.
Now almost six months have passed again and the Chief Minister is yet to announce the schedule of his next meeting in far off remote district of the state.Meanwhile public representatives across Jammu division are keen to host the state cabinet but in the absence of any final word they are all waiting for their turn.
A Congress MLA from Doda region claimed, if during summer Chief Minister visited remote places of Kashmir now it is time for him to visit land locked Doda district to review the functioning of road construction/medical health and education,water supply schemes.
A Panthers party legislator said, in the last four years the coalition govt has done very little in terms of real work. He said first he raised hopes of people and now their dreams are shattering as he has completely failed to deliver on his tall promises.
A Congress MLA said”though we have not heard any thing about the schedule of the cabinet meeting in our remote area but we definitely want that Chief Minister should visit our area and see for himself the hardships faced by people in the absence of road network, absence of adequate health and education facilities”. The Congress MLA said we have already boycotted the previous district development board meeting to highlight the grievances of people as development projects were not fast paced and moving at snail’s pace.