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A systematic plan of downsizing local bureaucrats being pursued in JK: Kamaal

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday said the ruling BJP’s policy of August 5, 2019 coincided with a steep decrease of locals in bureaucracy thus ‘increasing sense of alienation and disenfranchisement among all sections of society across Jammu and Kashmir’.

“The unjust measures undertaken by New Delhi have heralded existential crises for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and also endangered the country’s federal structure,” said Party’s Additional General secretary, Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, while expressing concern over the dwindling number of local bureaucrats from decision-making bodies.

He said that the August 5 measures and the successive notifications and orders have repudiated the social contract that the people of Jammu and Kashmir had with the country.

Countering BJPs claims on heralding ‘Naya Kashmir’ in J&K post abrogation, Kamal said that disenfranchising and denying real democracy, and empowered legislature were the first casualties of BJP’s distraught vision of ‘Naya Kashmir’.

“Since the unilateral measures of August 5, a systematic plan of downsizing local bureaucrats is being pursued. This explains the reason behind widespread alienation among people in Jammu and Kashmir. The widespread administrative inertia, and unaccountably that has beset the entire region reveals the shoddy failure of the administration to rise up to people’s aspirations and requirements,” he said.

He said that the new chapter that the BJP claims it has ushered in Kashmir was bereft of democratic moorings. “The distraught version of BJP’s Naya Kashmir was marked by muzzling voices of media, caging democratic leaders, politicians and incessant gags on communication and internet.”

“The false narratives and rampant mistruth mongering will not give New Delhi anticipated dividends, unless the inalienable right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to have a democratically elected government is restored back. Absence of an empowered legislature is reminiscent of autocratic times.”


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