Samba, April 07: Demanding holding of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Apni Party Provincial President, Jammu and Former Minister, S. Manjit Singh has demanded restoration of democratic system in place of present form of Govt.
The Former Minister has questioned the delaying tactics adopted by the authorities for not holding elections despite appeals from across the region irrespective of political affiliation.
He was addressing a meeting of party leaders at Pakhri village in Tehsil Ramgarh. The meeting was organized by District President Legal Cell, Samba, Adv Sahil Bharti. It was attended by District Youth Wing President, Mangat Ram, Manohar Singh and many others.
In his address, S. Manjit Singh said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have faced underdevelopment under the present regime and the unemployment has multiplied in an unprecedented manner.
“There is anger among the people and they need to be provided with elected representatives to address their issues. The bureaucracy has miserably failed to come up to the expectation and there is no accountability on the Govt officials,” he said.
He said that the people avoid going to the Govt offices as they are not given heed and their issues often remain unaddressed.
“The B2V programs have remained unfruitful as the demands projected by the people were hardly fulfilled. The officers who attend the B2V programs have no powers but they note down the issues of the people and then prepare documents. There is no follow up with regard to the fulfillment of the demands,” he said.
He said that similarly many issues have increased for last four years from unemployment, unfair selection process in Govt jobs, participation of outsiders in tendering process, extraction of natural resources by the non-locals, mining issues, liquor shopkeepers issues, growing drug addiction, Displaced Persons issues, border villagers issues, farmers issues, etc.
“All these issues faced by the general masses and the sense of insecurity will end only when there is an elected Govt in J&K. Therefore, the Govt and Election Commission of India should not delay assembly elections and announce dates for the elections. The people cannot be denied voting rights to elect their own Govt by delaying elections,” he added.