Bulldoze VIP culture, Er Rasheed tells Governor
Srinagar: Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) president on Thursday hailed the statement of Governor Satya Pal Malik and asked him take steps to end the VIP culture in Jammu and Kashmir and minimize State expenditures.
Earlier Governor had said that Jammu and Kashmir politicians and bureaucrats are living luxurious life even more comfortable than that of Emperor Jahangir.
Er Rasheed as per a statement issued here asked Governor to take appropriate moves to end VIP culture and minimize state expenditures.
“Whatsoever Governor has said is absolutely true but who stops him from bulldozing the VIP culture. Let Satya Pal Malik begin with leaving his two palaces of Raj Bhawan at Srinagar and Jammu and operate from civil secretariat or some lesser costlier office,” he said.
“If Governor believes in his words, he must immediately take measures to minimise the state expenditure and withdraw unnecessary protocols, perks, privileges, incentives and security from both politicians and bureaucrats,” he said.
However, he said that Governor needs to answer what was the need to pass a law to create a separate security force for Governor’s security and thus bring more liabilities on the state exchequer.
“He must also go through the history and know that Jahangir was the one who would always find innovative ways to do time bound justice to the masses,” he said.
Er Rasheed while reacting to Governor’s statement that what his administration achieved in five months could not be achieved by political dispensation over the years.
“The statement is a confession that even BJP which is ruling at the centre and whose government Governor Malik is representing in the state too was a failure.”
“Whatsoever Governor Malik may claim but continuous power cuts, defunct water supply system, huge traffic jams, state terrorism, ailing healthcare, nepotism and corruption continue to be the real face of the government and the governance at the ground,” he said.
“From KAS aspirants to unemployed doctors, everyone is crying injustice and the credibility of institutions is under question mark as usual,” he added.
Er Rasheed urged masses to understand the real intentions behind governor’s statement that national media is demonizing J&K and said that “Governor by saying so wants to convey that everything is fine in J&K and is in fact asking national media to humiliate and discredit all those forces who speak about state terrorism and brutalities on Kashmiris and want a peaceful resolution to J&K dispute in its historic perspective by implementing UN resolutions.”