Hitting out at the ruling PDP-BJP government in the state, former Minister and senior state vice president Raman Bhalla today accused them of insensitivity in providing basic facilities like drinking water and electricity to the people of Jammu region. “The horrible power outage and acute drinking water shortage is unprecedented, which speaks of cruelty of the government towards residents. They seem to have been held to ransom by the insensible, negligent and anti-people government. Govt has failed to ensure basic facilities,” former minister and senior vice president of Congress, said while addressing public meeting of hundreds of people at Nanak Nagar, Sector-7 organized by senior Congress leader, Reena Satti. Prominent among those who were present on the occasion include Parveen Singh, Block President Nanak Nagar, Kulbushan Sharma, Sanjay Gupta, Sanjay Murli beside others. The former minister claimed apart from power and drinking water shortage, scarcity of food grains at CAPD outlets has added to the miseries of poor people,” he said. “Instead of responding to grim situation, arising in the wake of ill-conceived policies of the coalition, and solving the problems of the people, the government is trying to silence the voice of the opposition and the media by leveling false accusations,” he said. He also said the wrong implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) has played havoc with the interests of rationed population. “Not only have they been denied much needed food support due to reduction in scale but a huge chunk of population stands denied of rations by this anti-poor measure,” he said.