Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday said the eviction drive against the Jhelum Dwellers will plunge them into the state of deprivation and destitution, saying it is a matter of regret that the government is evicting them without any rehabilitation and resettlement plan in place.
It is regrettable to see the administration coming up with a plan to evict the Jhelum Dwellers without any re-housing and rehabilitation plan in place for them, said Party’s Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar. “The measure will hit hard on their lives. The poor lot ekes out their living from the river itself. A good chunk of them is engaged in petty menial occupations in and around the course of Jhelum. These people live by hand to mouth, and are landless. Evicting them without a proper rehabilitation and resettlement plan will push them towards destitution as well subject them to the vagaries of weather. Where are these families supposed to go with their diminutive belongings and household items?”
“The administration before taking such a harsh step should have thought about its consequences on the poor families especially the women, children and elderly. Such drastic measures are not taken in isolation, there ought to be a comprehensive plan in place for the affected. Unfortunately administration is resorting to high handedness in day to day administrative matters as well. It is unacceptable in an ideal democratic setup and defiant of universal human rights,” he said.
“Such eviction drives have been carried out previously as well with a proper rehabilitation and resettlement plan in place to save the dwellers from suffering on the account of destitution, unemployment and vagaries of weather,” he said while saying that the number of such families which dwell in the course of Jhelum is huge and having them on roads will not augur well for the development prospects of the Srinagar city as well.
“These people with nowhere to go will put up slums in the adjoining areas and add up to the challenges faced by urban life in Srinagar as the river stretch from Sempura to Sumbal largely falls within its municipality limits. The measure should be put on hold until a comprehensive rehabilitation and resettlement plan is in plan. Seizing the humble shelters of the poor lot is also appalling in these prevailing times of COVID-19 crises. I anticipate a compassionate action of government in this regard,” he said.