J&K mainstream parties face difficulty in branding image post Art 370 abrogation

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J&K mainstream parties face difficulty in branding image post Art 370 abrogation

Wednesday, 05 August 2020 | Mohit Kandhari | Jammu

Post Abrogation of Article 370 and reorganisation of the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories the majority of Kashmir based mainstream political leaders, belonging to the National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Congress party are still struggling to 'resurrect' their image in the eyes of their supporters.

Though some of them including PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti are still under detention but all those who are out are 'purportedly' avoiding attending political functions due to growing 'mistrust' between them and their followers.So far only Omar Abdullah has gone public with his political statements triggering a divide within his own party.

Majority of these leaders continue to remain in a 'state of shock' and find it difficult to stomach the fact that the ruling dispensation in New Delhi has 'dumped' them and stopped paying attention to their 'brand of politics'.

Ironically, the vacuum created by these mainstream players is yet to be filled by any significant player in the kashmir valley.

Former  Ministers and a couple of ex- legislators had joined hands together and founded Jammu and Kashmir Apni party  under the leadership of Syed Altaf Bukhari but even they have failed to establish their foothold in the valley in the absence of any mass contact programme. They have only restricted their activity to meeting central BJP leaders and Union Ministers and addressing a press conference to highlight their grievances. They are yet to hold a public convention to demonstrate their strength to their political adversaries. These events could not be held due to Covid-19 pandemic. In Jammu region, instead of consolidating its base the Bharatiya Janta Party is also facing resistance for failing to come up to the expectations of the people in the last one year.

On the other hand the common masses, in both the regions, are yet to come out of the hangover of experiencing a 'roller coaster' ride.

On its part, the Union Territory administration is claiming they are working round the clock to bring back the derailed political process on track and embark on the road to prosperity.

In the absence of the elected government in office the 'trimmed' down government machinery is working 'effectively' and 'efficiently' to ensure timely completion of flagship developmental projects on ground zero.

 On the security front the joint teams of security forces have been tracking down hiding terrorists and neutralising them to create a conducive atmosphere for initiating the stalled political process in the region. Mohit Kandhari n Jammu

 

Post Abrogation of Article 370 and reorganisation of the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories the majority of Kashmir based mainstream political leaders, belonging to the National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Congress party are still struggling to 'resurrect' their image in the eyes of their supporters.

Though some of them including PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti are still under detention but all those who are out are 'purportedly' avoiding attending political functions due to growing 'mistrust' between them and their followers.So far only Omar Abdullah has gone public with his political statements triggering a divide within his own party.

Majority of these leaders continue to remain in a 'state of shock' and find it difficult to stomach the fact that the ruling dispensation in New Delhi has 'dumped' them and stopped paying attention to their 'brand of politics'.

Ironically, the vacuum created by these mainstream players is yet to be filled by any significant player in the kashmir valley.

Former  Ministers and a couple of ex- legislators had joined hands together and founded Jammu and Kashmir Apni party  under the leadership of Syed Altaf Bukhari but even they have failed to establish their foothold in the valley in the absence of any mass contact programme. They have only restricted their activity to meeting central BJP leaders and Union Ministers and addressing a press conference to highlight their grievances. They are yet to hold a public convention to demonstrate their strength to their political adversaries. These events could not be held due to Covid-19 pandemic. In Jammu region, instead of consolidating its base the Bharatiya Janta Party is also facing resistance for failing to come up to the expectations of the people in the last one year.

On the other hand the common masses, in both the regions, are yet to come out of the hangover of experiencing a 'roller coaster' ride.

On its part, the Union Territory administration is claiming they are working round the clock to bring back the derailed political process on track and embark on the road to prosperity.

In the absence of the elected government in office the 'trimmed' down government machinery is working 'effectively' and 'efficiently' to ensure timely completion of flagship developmental projects on ground zero.

 On the security front the joint teams of security forces have been tracking down hiding terrorists and neutralising them to create a conducive atmosphere for initiating the stalled political process in the region.

Under the leadership of Lt-Governor Girish Chandra Murmu, "the  period was utilised by the top bureaucrats to formulate structured policies for different sectors to ensure ease of business". To promote e-governance the entire government machinery has been augmented to reach out to the masses.  At present at least 27 different services have been extended  to speed up public delivery mechanisms .

 Speaking to The Pioneer, a senior IAS officer, Rohit Kansal currently holding the charge of Power Development Department and Spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir government said , "in the last one year several flagship projects have been completed and work is going on a large number of languishing projects to ensure their timely completion".

He said, "506 languishing projects costing Rs. 665 crores stand completed while 963 projects costing Rs. 2256 crores are scheduled for completion by March, 2021".

According to official sources,  the pace of work on different projects sanctioned under the Prime Ministers Development Package has been expedited.

Till June 2018 before the BJP-PDP alliance govt collapsed  only 26 percent of the total fund was utilised .At present around 49 percent i.e  Rs 28,768 crore has been utilised.

 The total package was worth 80,000 crores

Rs 58,627 crore was allocated for the Union Territory of J&K. "A total of 63 infrastructure development projects were to be built up in Jammu and Kashmir under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP). Between November 2015 and October 2019, only 18 projects were completed.

In the last one year the government also fulfilled its commitment of issuing Domicile certificates to West Pakistani refugees, Valmiki Community, Gorkhas, earlier considered as non state subjects and were deprived of their citizenship rights.

During the period the government also approved reservation benefits to people living along the international border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Social Welfare Department had recently notified reservation rules for people residing within 0 to 6 km of International Border (IB), after amending Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act-2005.

The government made the amendments in Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Rules, providing reservation to the people residing in 508 villages along the IB, in direct recruitments, professional institutions and post-graduate courses.Another senior IAS officer, currently holding the charge of Agriculture, Animal and Sheep Husbandry department, Navin Choudhary told The Pioneer, "while preparing for the Investors' meet we finalised sector wise policy framework of different departments to attract investment in Jammu and Kashmir.He said, in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic the investors meet could not be organised but the policy environment shortages were addressed.

He said, "we had no tourism policy, Horticulture policy and now we have policy documents of 22 sectors in place".  He said all this happened due to the lean structure of the government. "Compared to the previous set up the decision making has been little faster in the new dispensation".

Sharing a report card of his own department Navin Choudhary said,  "around 10.50 lakh farmers have been enrolled for Kisan Credit Card scheme in Jammu and Kashmir". Out of this 4 lakh cards were distributed during special  drives in the recent weeks. He said, due to prevailing circumstances  centering around Covid-19 pandemic, we are focusing on strengthening the primary sector in Jammu and Kashmir. The manufacturing and the services sector has taken a major hit so in order to protect the economy and small farmers we are extending them financial services and opening the doors for them to sustain themselves instead of getting into the trap of local money lenders.

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