Ashwani, Gurezi stage walk-out

19 August 2009
The Daily Excelsior


SRINAGAR: A ruling National Conference MLA from Gurez and JSM MLA from Bishnah today staged walk out from the Legislative Assembly in protest. Gurezi, who has been highlighting the shortcomings of the NC-Congress coalition Government in the Assembly, walked out in protest as he was not allowed to ask a supplementary to a question raised by his party colleague Aijaz Ahmad Jan regarding the lack of doctors in health care institutions in remote areas of the State. The ruling party MLA tore a piece of paper and threw it towards the well of the House as he made his way out of the complex. 'If we are not allowed to raise our issues in the Assembly, then where should we go?' he asked Gurezi said he wanted to raise the issue of poor healthcare facilities in his Assembly constituency of Gurez, which is near the Line of Control (LoC) and the only road link with rest of the State remains cut-off for six months of winter due to heavy snowfall. Earlier, MLA Bishnah Ashwani Sharma staged a walk out in protest as he was not satisfied by the reply given by the Government to his question about alleged diversion of funds sanctioned under Border Area Development Programme (BADP). Sharma alleged that the funds under BADP were being diverted to other areas. However, R S Chib, replying on behalf of the Planning Minister, said there was no question of the funds under BADP being diverted to other areas or sectors. The funds allotted under the BADP are being spent with the consent of local MLAs and there is no question of diversion,' he added. Chib said the funds are released as per the criteria fixed by the State Level Screening Committee. The distribution of funds is made on the basis of length of Line of Control (LoC) or International Border, area and population of the block. 'While applying these criteria, 50 per cent weightage is given to length of LoC or IB, 30 per cent to population and 20 per cent to the area,' he added. Not satisfied with the Minister's reply, Sharma said he was walking out of the House in protest.