Launching a vitriolic attack, the Central Secretary JKNC, former Deputy Chairman Legislative Council and Ex-MLA, Mr Javed Ahmed Rana slammed Honourable Governor Mr Satya Pal Malik for his “dilly-dallying approach to regulate traffic on jammu-srinagar national highway and Mughal road which are life-line for multifarious commutators living within or outside J & K”. Earlier this month, an imbecile and unprecedented notice was issued from governor’s office stating “restriction of civilian traffic for two days a week to facilitate peaceful movement of army convoy and polling” pointed Mr Rana. “As a result, a lot of unrest and chaos soared among the passengers on the national highway, the reverberation of which can still be sensed in general public in the form of day to day protests” he added further.
“The persistent protests by people of J & K have put the veracity of government’s intension under question and exponential increase in resentment among public has caused lot of embarrassment to the government” said Mr Rana. Taking a jibe, Mr Rana said that “In-order to hush- up the severity of situation, the government is trying to befool people by boosting relaxation of traffic ban on Wednesday’s with effect from April 22”. The testimony of which can be observed as long ques of vehicles still stranded on JK national highway, alleged Mr Rana. “Needless to say, the government policies are dictatorial and and political shenanigan” alleged Mr Rana.
“Highlighting the complete failure of the present government to regulate traffic properly on National Highway”, he pointed towards the “Historical Mughal Road which during these days is crowded with vehicles that have diverted from the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway”. “The vehicles can be seen stranded in long ques for upto 30 kms”, he further pointed. According to official sources, “there is only one check point located at Pir Di Gali and passengers have to wait for several hours (sometimes for 2 days) for clearance”, he added. “As a result, a lot of resentment and disenchantment is soaring among the public as witnessed by their continuous protests” Mr Rana, asserted. “The distress and unbridled miseries unleashed on stranded passengers is very alarming” warned, Mr Rana. He also alleged that “checking at Pi-Di-Gali in this area has put a question mark on the character of people living in district Poonch, as if they are terrorists. This is deliberate attempt to tarnish the secular fabrics of this region”. “In this 21st century, there are number of screening methods which can speed up the checking process but it seems the government is reluctant in applying those methodologies. Besides, they could have increased number of check posts to make the process more smooth and approachable”, advised Mr Rana.
Hitting out at administrative authorities and their imprudent policies Mr Rana condemned this unprecedented move as “sordid and irrational without taking into consideration that there may be small kids, sick, old and others in these stranded vehicles who cannot cope up with these kinds of situations”. According to official sources “there are no arrangements for medicines, food or other emergency related things”, he expressed, lamently. At the outset of civilian traffic ban, the governor had asserted that “we are committed to make life of people better in the state but ironically, it appears that their policies vis-à-vis to people of this state are inexplicable”, he alleged. “Where are slogans of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas and dream of Digital India”, asked Mr Rana. He also reminded the present government to speed up various projects like mughal road tunnel and take notice of dilapitaded mughal road. On the behalf of the stranded passengers, he appealed governor to “show interest in the problems faced by people and provide necessary amenities for their survival in this Hinterland.