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Sagar decries unscheduled power outages in Kashmir

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 Says government busy in fanfare, running PR spectacles; people continue to suffer from paucity of basic civic amenities

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday expressed concern over the unscheduled and hour’s long electricity outages in Kashmir valley, saying the bureaucratic J&K government has failed to ensure basic civic amenities.

Party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar while interacting with a number of delegations from Anantnag, Srinagar, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Budgam, and Pulwama that had called on him said that the government machinery is busy in fanfare and running PR spectacles whilst people continue to suffer for want of basic civic amenities, a party spokesman said in a statement issued here today.

“Not to talk about the widespread unemployment and poverty that has beset Kashmir, the J&K’s bureaucratic government has  turned a blind eye to day to day issues concerning the people. The administration has confined itself to photo-ops and PR spectacles, whereas people continue to suffer on one account or another.  Regular and long power outages have become the order of the day at the very onset of autumn,” spokesman quoted Sagar as saying.

“People are hankering for water in urban areas not to talk about the situation in rural areas; the situation there can be gauged from the pesky supply of basic facilities in urban areas. If this is the situation in autumn one could easily guess what is in store for us in the coming winter months.  The inconsistent power supply has particular hit the elderly and students the most. Sadly the incumbent administration has turned a volte face to the issues concerning people,” Sagar was quoted as saying.

The spokesman said that the visiting delegations apprised the General Secretary about the erratic power supply in their areas saying the situation is turning grave with each passing day.

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