Ramnagar, 27-11-2021: “With J&K having been divested of its statehood status, the trade, tourism and economy of the erstwhile princely dogra state of the country has been adversely impacted. While the economy fast dissipated and development came to a grinding halt, the ever growing unemployment seemed to be the only notable feature of the saffron rule. The past few years witnessed massive public uprisings against the anti Jammu and anti people policies of the ruling dispensation which continued to be suppressed through iron fist of police and civil administration. Taking repeated somersaults on almost all its professed promises, the narcissistically pleased and power intoxicated BJP continued to use the coercive apparatus of state to silence all those who dared raise their voice for justice and sought fulfilment of promises made by it during elections. Rather than honouring the commitments made by it during elections, it was trying to crush the dissenting voices by causing dissensions in and breaking the opposition parties. Describing the BJP’s handling of dissent and disquiet as oppressively bizarre, undemocratic and morally sinister, Mr. Singh appealed to the workers not to succumb before the machiavellian designs of the power hungry rulers. He said that NPP leadership shall stand with its people through thick and thin and continue to expose and oppose the BJP for its political debauchery and subterfuge”. This was stated by Mr. Harsh Dev Singh Chairman-JKNPP and former Minister while addressing public meetings in Kaghote and Thalora villages of Ramnagar constituency.
Addressing the huge gatherings, Mr. Harsh Dev lambasted the BJP for having done the greatest disservice to J&K by demoting it to the level of UT. It has humiliated the dogras by dismantling the oldest dogra state. The extension of several draconian laws after abrogation of Art 370 including opening of lands and jobs to outsiders had in particular, come as a rude shocker for the people of J&K. The unemployed youth of Jammu region have been the most disappointed lot with their share in services have been abysmally reduced. The Daily wagers, the contractuals, the underemployed have all felt cheated in BJP regime.
Alleging that a deep rooted culture of corruption was prevalent in the UT, Mr. Singh called upon the vigilante organizations to keep a close watch over the functioning of various Deptts particularly PHE, Revenue, Power, CAPD and RDD. He said that the lackadaisical approach of the concerned authorities was responsible for power and drinking water crisis in majority of the rural areas. He called for early construction of Patnitop–Sudh Mahadev road so as to promote religious tourism in the area. He urged upon the concerned authorities to ensure early completion of four laning of Udhampur-Chenani road and sought their due cognizance of the poor quality work being executed on the said road through a corrupt deptt–contractor nexus resulting in massive outrage on the area. He regretted that there were no takers for the sufferings of the people with corrupt officers enjoying full patronage of the political bosses.