Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and Member of Parliament, Muzzafar Hussain Baig, has said unemployment is the biggest challenge facing the state and job creation will remain thrust area for the next government likely formed by the party under the leadership of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Addressing a function at the party headquarters to welcome dozens of prominent NC workers from Sonawari constituency of Baramula district into the PDP Baig said youth have been targeted victims of the present coalition and they will need to drive this government out of office to ensure a fair-deal and a bright future for themselves.
Those who joined the party include Abdul Rasheed Nurra, Ex ZEO; Mohammad Sarfaraz Parray, president Sumo drivers association; Mohammad Afzal Dar Chandergeer Hajin; Haji Ali Mohammad Shiekh, Sadinara; Mohammad Assadullh Banyari, retired forester; Nazir Ahmad, retired Chief Accounts Officer; Showkat Ahmad Bhat, panch; Mohammad Yousuf Kucchay, Gratbal Saffapora and others.
He said the PDP with a decisive mandate would create a firm resource base for the state to be able to fund its infrastructural development and generation of employment. He said, unfortunately, these resources like water and power have, so far, have been bartered away by successive National Conference governments.
He said Jammu and Kashmir could be one of the richest states given its natural resources in the shape of water, power generation capacity, minerals and horticulture, but due to NC’s selfish and opportunistic politics it has been converted into a begging bowl. “Nobody could call us a beggar state if NC had ever been honest and sincere in government,” he added.
Baig said this government has made the present and future of thousands of Kashmiri youth bleak by pushing them into alienation and then using repressive measures to create an impression of peace.
Baig said NC has historically survived on false promises and emotional exploitation by raising slogans like Plebiscite and Autonomy. Since these slogans have no buyers now in the changed circumstances they are trying to sell government jobs, administrative units and pipe dreams even though they are not able to pay salaries to the existing employees.
He said Omar Abdullah’s government because of its sheer inefficiency and non-seriousness has not been able to utilize thousands of crores of funds as the Central government assistance over the last more than five years and it sounds ridiculous on part of its performance when this government tries to portray itself as ‘saviors’ of the people. Most of the funds made available to the state have either been swindled or surrendered, he added.
Speaking on the occasion the party’s Chief Spokesperson, Naeem Akhtar said PDP during its brief tenure in the government scripted a new chapter of peace and development in the state and the party not only revived people’s trust in the democratic institutions, but set an example of honesty and transparency in the governance system. He said the party delivered much it had promised to the people, but NC brought destruction and sell-outs of the state’s interests and resources. He said the ruling dispensation has vitiated the whole atmosphere of peace and reconciliation which was created by the PDP with the support of people.
Senior party leaders Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Abdul Hameed Kohsheen; Yasir Reshi and youth leader Advocate Irshad Singh were also present on the occasion.