Srinagar, July 30: Chairman People’s Democratic Front PDF) and former Minister Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, Saturday urged to conduct assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir as early as possible, to restore democracy at grassroots level.
A statement issued by the party said that while addressing a party workers convention in Khansahib, Budgam, Hakeem said holding elections is the need of the hour, in order to bridge the gap between people and the administration.
The convention was organised to take stock of the prevailing socio political and developmental scenario in Jammu and Kashmir, the statement said.
“Restoration of democracy is the need of the hour to remove alienation among the people," Hakeem Yaseen said, adding that the Centre should take concrete steps to revive political and socio-economical activities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Hakeem said that people of Jammu and Kashmir are yearning for revival of state assembly to get redressal of their grievances.
“Both politically and economically, there is deep alienation among the people which can be removed by holding free and fair elections,” he said.
PDF Chairman said that there is a leadership crisis which it needs to be addressed, immediately,
He further said that political uncertainty must end in the region. People need their own representation to meet their urges and aspirations.
Hakeem termed it as unfortunate that people of the valley are allegedly divided on emotional and regional issues which was not in the larger interests of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said as responsible politicians and representatives of people, we should refrain from making such statements which could cause hatred and enmity among the communities.
The PDF chairman said unemployment was the biggest issue J&K is facing, adding that the government should announce a comprehensive employment policy to provide jobs to the youth. He has appealed to PM NarendraModi to announce a special employment package for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said youth of the region need a healing touch and it is the foremost responsibility of the government that they should accommodate them in central departments.
Hakeem also expressed deep concern over the plight of protesting Finance Accounts Assistant (FAA) aspirants.
“It is unfortunate that those aspirants, who have qualified the FAA exam, are protesting. Instead of punishing students, the government should imitate strict action against corrupt officials who are involved in the alleged scam,” he said.
The senior leader also urged for regularization of all daily wagers, casual labors working in different government departments adding that it would be a humanitarian gesture, if government regularises services of daily wagers.