Continuing the week-long mass contact programme undertaken in Jammu province by Member of Parliament & J&K Prabhari Avinash Rai Khanna, alongwith State President Jugal Kishore Sharma, Jammu-Poonch Parliamentary Constituency Incharge Yudhvir Sethi, Sunderbani Distt. Prabhari Chander Mohan Gupta, senior leaders and Presidents of SC and Mahila Morcha reached Nowshera on Saturday and addressed a public gathering.
Speaking on the occasion, Khanna said that it is indeed unfortunate that the people living in areas away from capital cities are still deprived of minimum basic life amenities viz. adequate facilities of education, health care, road connectivity, drinking water etc.
He said that a large population of refugees reside in different areas of Jammu province scattered from Kathua to Nowshera and leading a miserable life despite being citizens of an independent democratic country. The successive state governments have been discriminating with them and misleading them on the false promises of working towards their welfare and development.
He said that these unfortunate people are deprived of rights enjoyed by citizens in other parts of country. Even their children cannot avail the facilities of getting education in state government’s educational and professional institutions. J&K is the only state in India where such a treatment is meted to its own people. He assured to struggle for their upliftment removal of discrimination and other governments policies against them and continue with party’s policy of highlighting the same at every forum seeking early redressal.
Jugal Kishore Sharma, in his address, said that there is widespread resentment among the people against the NC-Congress coalition government as it has failed to keep the high promises made during last election and instead has promoted corruption, nepotism, discrimination and neglect of the entire population, more particularly of refugees, farmers, weaker sections and educated unemployed youth. He said that high claims of strengthening the democracy at grass roots level are being made but the ground realities indicate that the Panchayats are still crying for adequate powers, elections to Urban Local Bodies are being avoided on one or the other pretext and the people agitating for their genuine demands are brutally suppressed.