Jammu Tawi, April 13
National Conference Minority Cell on Thursday staged a protest outside the Press Club here against apathetic attitude of the PDP-BJP government towards migrants that has accumulated their problems during the past over two years.
Led by Minority Cell president M K Yogi and chairman Bushan Lal Bhat, the protesters cautioned the coalition government against continued neglect of displaced people, saying that if the issues raised from time to time are not addressed earnestly, they will be forced to take to streets.
The organizers listed the issues and expressed anguish over delay in issuance of the new ration cards to migrants for the year 2017-18 and release of cash relief for March. They blamed the government for releasing cash assistance at the end of the month that causes enormous hardships to recipients, who have no other source of income.
M K Yogi asked, “Why the migrants are being deprived of rations without any reason” and said that this exposes the insensitivity of the government towards migrants.
Yogi referred to the dilapidated conditions of dwelling units in camps and said that despite availability of funds; renovation is not being carried out as a result of which the structures are almost crumbling.
Bushan Lal Bhat referred to the much hyped Prime Minister’s Employment Package for migrant youth and wondered over recruitment of just 2000 persons against the sanctioned strength of 6000 posts. He said many eligible youth have been rendered over-aged.
Yogi and Mr Bhat also expressed concern over non-availability of examination hall for migrant students in Jagti. They also sought ambulance for the Jagti camp and laying of sports grounds for the overall growth of children.
Others who were present on the occasion included Bal Krishan Bhat and Amit Koul, vice presidents, T K Koul, Harmohinder Singh, Sanjay Raina, Anil Kumar, S L Kar, Rakesh Pandita, Sunil Pandita, Dr Sheikh Amina and others.