People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 01

January 03, 2010


CPI(M) Expresses Concern over Shortage of Essentials In Kashmir


EXPRESSING concern over shortage of essentials in Kashmir Valley, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on December 26 urged the state government to fulfill its commitment of keeping ration and other essential commodities readily available to consumers during the winter season.

In a statement issued in Srinagar, the CPI(M) state secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami expressed deep concern over the inadequacy of essentials, including food grains and kerosene oil, in rural and far-flung areas of Kashmir Valley. 

He said senior bureaucrats seldom visit the countryside to make themselves aware of the alarming situation.

Tarigami said the administration in the valley seems to have gone into an inertia following the Darbar Move and the people were left to fend for themselves under the harsh winters and sub-zero temperatures. 

He said despite repeated government announcements, power scenario in the state was constantly worsening. Consumers were facing unscheduled power cuts, though he had reiterated his demand for earmarking Rs 2 crore to each constituency for the improvement of the power infrastructure.

Tarigami called upon the government to be responsive to the basic needs of the people and fulfil their genuine demands. 

He said the widening gap between the government announcements and progress on ground level causes alienation, which does not augur well for the state.