People term Coalition Govtís performance almost satisfactory
7 November 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: An almost satisfactory response by people was observed over the performance of Mufti Sayeed led coalition Government in Jammu and Kashmir which has just completed one year in office. The enthusiastic workers of the coalition parties, particularly Peopleís Democratic Party and Congress, who had assembled at Zanana Park, here today in connection with a rally, were of the view that the Government was doing well and acting in a fairer manner. Though a few of them admitted that the balance of power was still tilted slightly towards Kashmir, they refused to describe it as discrimination with Jammu. 'On the development front, this Government is doing much better than previous National Conference regime while the ministers from Jammu are taking independent decisions,' claimed Kamal Singh, a Congress activists from Kanachak. 'For the first time we are feeling that it is our Government as ministers listen to general people and developmental works are also going on,' opined another Congress activists Sewa Dass who is also Sarpanch of Panchayat Gandwal in Jourian and had arrived in the rally alongwith some party supporters. Choudhary Khadim Hussain of Shergal in Hiranagar, who is also president of PDPís local Gujjar Bakkerwal cell, also claimed that overall performance of the Mufti Government was satisfactory. However, at the same time he hastened to add if there were any complaint of discrimination with Jammu, it was the duty of Congress and Jammu based ministers to get the justice done as they have been voted to power by people of this region. 'It is greatness of Mufti Sahib and PDP that despite knowing the fact that party has ninety per cent support from Kashmir valley, they are treating all three regions of the State at par,' he added. In what it can be termed as most independent view, Mr Babu Ram Verma of Poonch, an ex Headmaster, who did not belong to any party but had arrived here to attended the rally alongwith his son and daughter-in law only to get an appointment order of teacher on contractual basis for his daughter- in-law, opined that since installation of the new Government, it seemed that some positive developments are taking place though with a little pace. 'Some people may view this distribution of appointment orders under Rehbar-e-Talim scheme in such rallies as political stunt but you canít ignore the fact that jobs are being given to educated unemployed,' he argued. However, on the other hand, some young participants in the rally lamented that State Government has failed to fulfill the expectations of educated unemployed youth. Dr Kiran Choudhary who is working as teacher on contractual basis and Ritu Saini Singh, who got her appointment order under Rehbar-e-Talim scheme only today in the rally, even accused the Government of exploiting educated unemployed youth under Rehbar-e-Talim and Rehbar-e-Sehat schemes. 'Look at these educated young males and females who are being treated as beggars by these illiterate politicians who canít write even their name,' Ritu Singh pointed towards heavy rush where youth were rubbing shoulders to get their appointment orders. Ironically, a section of participants in the rally were reluctant to express their views on the one year performance of State Government and according to them they had arrived in the rally for time pass. 'Babu Ji Ae Sab Time Pass Ae,' quipped Manjit Singh of Dharap in Satwari. Similarly, a few leaders of ruling coalition, including president of J&K National Panthers Party Sardar Mushtaq Khan, were also tightlipped when asked by this correspondent for their reaction over the performance of Mufti Government. 'You media people know better, why do you want to quote me,'said a Congress leaders with mysterious smile after pointing out that PCC chief Ghulam Nabi Azad had not turned up in the rally.