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Use Army choppers to supply essentials in snowbound Marwah, Wadwan for winter season: Asgar Ali

Kishtwar, October 26 (Scoop News)-Apni Party General Secretary and Ex-MLC Syed Asgar Ali has urged J&K Govt to ensure supplies of essential commodities in Marwah and Wadwan in Kishtwar District which have been hampered due to untimely snowfall.
After concluding his tour to the remote places in the hilly district where he attended series of meetings with the people, Syed Asgar Ali expressed concern over the situation emerged out of the adverse weather conditions especially for Marwah and Wadwan where people have been disconnected with villages after the damaging to the foot-bridges following snowfall and harsh weather conditions.
He demanded that these damaged foot-bridges should be re-constructed so that the lost links between the villages can be restored.
“In the month of November, people used to get supplies and store it for the winter season. However, the sudden snowfall has not given any chance to the people to store the supplies as they did not come as the connectivity has been lost,” he said while referring to the situation in Marwah and Wadwan.
He further said that the Govt. should utilize the helicopter services of Indian Army so that the supplies can be dropped in remote and snowbound areas as they have become inaccessible.
Similarly, he said that the drinking water and electricity supply should be established in areas wherever it is lost or improper. Referring to the poor health services, he said that the health services are very poor in Marwah and Wadwan like other remote places of Kishtwar District.
“The doctors who are posted in the PHCs are often found absent from the duty which puts the rural population to suffer. In these circumstances, the people shift their ailing family members to District Hospital Kishtwar which consumes precious time for life saving and hence, many a time it becomes the cause of death of the patients due to delayed treatment,” he said.
He urged the Lt Governor administration to strictly monitor the presence of Doctors and Paramedical officials in the PHCs across Kishtwar to ensure that the people get timely medical care.
“The presence of doctors becomes more important when snowbound areas get cut off from the rest of the district. It is the duty of the administration to continuously check the presence of doctors and paramedical staff in PHCs, officials at CDPO, BDO, Tehsil and other departments so that people are not deprived of government service,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also expressed concern over non-payment of MG-NREGA payments of the job card holders in Kishtwar District.
“The works have been done on the ground, but the Rural Development Department has not released funds for these works and the job card holders who were engaged in these works have not been paid by the Department,” he said.
He said that the RDD should release the funds so that the payments of the works are completed on ground. “Hundreds of poor families are associated with the RDD through these works and their earnings are dependent upon the MG-NREGA scheme. The Govt should not discourage the scheme which is aimed at generating employment in rural areas, but support and encourage the scheme for the empowerment and upliftment of the rural population.
“MG-NREGA has become a source of development in rural areas where the Govt schemes are implemented directly through RDD,” he said and demanded that the flow of funds should be streamlined so that the development does not suffer.

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