STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The Union Government and J&K administration miserably failed to provide any relief to common people besides fulfilling promises made with people during election campaign, about two and half years back. Both the dispensations miserably failed to meet expectations of people. It was stated by former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla on Friday while addressing people in Nai Basti area. Highlighting miseries of people, Bhalla said, “Untimely and unscheduled power outages have left people outraged and agitated. Complaints about burnt wires and transformers are becoming frequent during ongoing summer season. Dozens of localities in Jammu are complaining about power-cuts and are exasperated over increased power cuts in scorching heat. The burnt cables not only cause power issues but are also a major reason behind fire incidents considering rise in mercury with every passing day. The conditions in urban and rural areas are equally bad as despite paying hefty bills, there is no assurance of quality electricity. Unfortunately, even fully metered areas are suffering this season.” Terming Union Government’s proposed move to privatise power distribution sector as anti-people, Bhalla said that privatisation of power sector would affect poor people of J&K besides service condition of employees especially fate of daily-wagers, need-based and casual workers to a great extent. Urging Government to review its decision besides taking into consideration the demands of power employees, Bhalla said that privatisation of power sector would result in further exploitation of poor employees and people of J&K in the hands of private players, unless proper check and balanced mechanism is put in place. Continuing his vigorous campaign to reach out to needy and distress people of Gandhi Nagar constituency amidst COVID-19 pandemic for providing ration along with other essentials, former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla on Friday visited Nai Basti area to distribute ration. Others present on the occasion included Suresh Sharma, Vijay Choudhary, Gurpreet Dogra, Ashok Kumar, Ajay Dogra, Suriender Sodhi, Satish, Sanjay Sharma, Tiny, Ashwani, Dimple, Akhil Gupta, Amrit Bali, Sarpanch Ravinder Singh, Pawan Bhagat, Kewal Krishan, Rajesh Sharma Babbi, Dr. Janak Raj Bhagat, Skinder Kumar Pappal, Dev Raj Babu, Ajay Kumar, Darshan Lal Bhagat, Subash Chander, Kapoor Lal, Jasvinder Mattu, Jasbir Singh and Sonu Gupta.
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