LAWDA blames lack of funding
Even after seven years, government has failed to construct a hospital and school building at much hyped Rakh-e-Arth, leaving residents aghast.
As per locals at Rakh-e-Arth the hospital and school buildings are under construction for past 3 years, “but the process of their construction is very slow that its completion looks bleak in near future.”
Thirty two year old Dilawar Hussain Ashraf, local shopkeeper at Rakh-e-Arth said that inhabitants are facing many problems as they are lacking in hospital and school infra structure.
“My son is studying in 2nd standard, in a small room, in my neighborhood, where more than 80 students are receiving their education,” he said.
Another resident Mushataq Ahmad Baba said earlier they had no one to teach their wards. “After several attempts, I convinced authorities to shift the primary school from Hamdania colony to Rakh- e-Arth on temporary basis, where more than 80 students study in a small room,” he said.
Baba said that though there are only three teachers at the school, “but unfortunately due to limited space at the school, teachers are unable to give proper attention to every single individual, adding, “Besides the rent for the temporary room is paid to the landlord by a local rehabilitator.”
Another resident Ghulam Rasool Tinda expressed fear that they are apprehensive that, “any untoward incident may happen to their wards while going to school outside the locality.”
Pertinently, in last year two children from the area drowned in drainage while playing in the same locality.
“Our wards cannot go outside the locality for studying as there is an apprehension of dog biting and weather issues like raining, snowing, as these kids are very small,” he said.
Apart from issues related to education of children, the rehabilitees at Rakh-e-Arth are also facing inadequate health care facilities as there is not a single health facility in the area.
“We are compelled to visit J.V.C. or SMSH hospitals in case of serious sickness to our family members or inhabitants of colony,” a local said.
Another local, sixty year old Ali Mohammad Naga, said that even though they have been given dispensary but ‘it has no medicine’.
“We have been given a dispensary in which a doctor comes on duty. However, there is no medicine at the facility,” he said.
Baba also said that according to the rehabilitation act under central sponsored scheme every rehabilitator must be given suitable employment along with other necessary facilities.
“We demand suitable appointment of our residents in the hospital and school as per the qualifications of the residents,” he said.
Another local, seventy year old Abdul Rahman Ashraf, said that it isn’t likely that the the construction of these two structures will be completed in the near future.
“Though the construction of school and hospital is going on for last three years, but its work is very slow. It seems it won’t be complete in near future,” he said.
Since 2007, over 550 families have been shifted under the rehabilitation program at Rakh-e-Arth Bemina in the outskirts of Srinagar.
Secretary LAWDA, Ilyas Ahmad told Rising Kashmir that nearly 550 families have been shifted so far and rest will be shifted phase wise as per the plan.
Earlier 7500 Kanals of land were granted to Dal dwellers under a rehabilitation program, which are to be allotted phase wise. In first phase 4600 families, second phase 4600 families, and third phase 1300 families would be rehabilitated.
“We are in first phase in which 2280 plots have been allotted. We allot a plot which comprising of 7 marls of land after it has been fully developed,” he said.
In a response to the question about completion of construction of school and hospital buildings, Secretary, LAWDA, acknowledged that due to non availability of funds, the construction of hospital and school building is very slow which otherwise should have completed in assigned time.
“Un-availability of funds is the only reason of slow work of construction of school and hospital buildings,” he said.