January 12, 2021

Return statehood as promised, probe highway blockade and book contractors responsible for the highway closure : Altaf Bukhari, tells PM, HM

Jammu/Jan,12: Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari Tuesday urged the Prime Minister Narendera Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to fulfill the promise of returning statehood to Jammu and Kashmir stating that the Government of India should also announce an “unemployment package for the swelling number of unemployed youth in Jammu & Kashmir.
Bukhari also hit out at the government over the current situation developing in the aftermath of a heavy snowfall in Kashmir saying that Jammu & Kashmir Government is defunct and the Srinagar-Jammu highway blockade has triggered a serious crisis which needs to be investigated and the contractors who played with the mountains for constructing a four-lane highway, need to be booked.
Addressing a press conference in Jammu, Bukhari said that Apni Party got 5.5 vote share in the recently concluded DDC polls adding that the Apni Party re-started politics after the August 5, 2019 decision of 2019. “We met PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed the 17 point agenda. Today, we urge the PM and the HM to fulfill the promise they made on the floor of the parliament” Bukhari said.
Welcoming the new industrial package, he said that old industries should also be covered under the new package. “There are many youth who are still behind the bars, they should be released. Security situation has improved. Misguided youth are returning. Militancy on a decline. There are educated youth sitting idle in homes. Let there be an unemployment pension package at the rate of Rs 10,000 per youth, a month,” he said, adding that India is a developed country and the world is seeing the country in the wake of Covid-19 vaccine. “There are seven lakh unemployed youth in J&K. We buy missiles worth billions of rupees, can’t there be an unemployment package.”

To a query about PAGD, he said it was an alliance of the politicians for the politicians and by the politician to show a new face to the people. “It was expected to crumble, but it crumbled before we expected it to fall,” he said. Bukhari said that the administration in J&K got buried under a few inches of snow and the Srinagar-Jammu highway closure has added to the misery of the people of UT. “Earlier, we used to witness the highway closure once a month, now the situation has reached a point whn highway remains blocked for almost entire month” he said as per KNO.
“Central Government must send a fact finding team to J&K to get the real situation on ground. Nothing is good on the ground. Administration is defunct and there is no development taking place anywhere. Let a team assess the ground situation beyond the computerized representations,” Bukhari said. “There are no milk streams flowing in J&K as is being claimed wrongly by some quarters.”

He said that frequent highway closure should be probed at the highest level and those who cut the mountains on the pretext of carving a four lane highway, should be held accountable and booked under national security act. “There is a serious crisis of essential supply in Kashmir as highway is closed for so many days and won’t re-open due to damage to a bridge at Ramban,” Bukhari said

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