Pardeep Singh Bali
Former Chief Minister and National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah Saturday claimed that Kashmir students who are being trained by MBD group under Udaan Scheme outside the state are “being harassed” in their hostels.
As soon as the Legislative Assembly started its proceedings, Omar stood of his chair and informed the House that he has got calls from the students about their harassment outside the state. “I have received calls that some people are harassing the students who are being trained by MBD group under Udaan Scheme. Police is not taking any action, neither taking any notice,” Omar said, who is the legislator from Beerwah constituency.
However, he did not reveal the name of the place or state where the students are being harassed. “I will share the details with you (Speaker) about the incident. And I request you to ask the concerned officials to verify and take action,” he said.
Replying to Omar Abdullah’s concern, Deputy Chief Minister, Nirmal Singh, said that he has already raised the issue of harassment of the students with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and chief ministers of the states and told them to address the concerns of students and restore confidence in them. About the incident that Omar Abdullah raised, Nirmal Singh said that the government will carry out immediate investigation and then will take action accordingly
Omar also raised the issue of water scarcity in Narbal area of his constituency. Residents in Narbal on Friday took to streets against drinking water shortage and blocked the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway for hours. Omar said that the water supply scheme in Narbal is completed but the government is not inaugurating it. He said that in a district development board meeting held during the late chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s government, he was informed that the scheme has been commissioned.
“But the scheme has not been thrown open yet. For inauguration by the minister, people of Narbal are being deprived of drinking water,” Omar said, adding, “I request the minister concerned to inaugurate the water supply scheme so that people get drinking water,” he said. To this, Nirmal Singh said that the government will take immediate action to throw open the water supply scheme to address the water scarcity there.