STATE TIMES NEWS BASANTGARH: JKNPP Chairman and former Minister, Harsh Dev Singh on Tuesday formally inaugurated three-day long training camp-cum-public grievances workshop at Shiv Gali, Basantgarh organised by Ramnagar unit of Panthers Party, by lighting traditional lamp and reciting National Anthem at the picturesque resort of Tope about 61 Km from Ramnagar. Later, rich tributes were paid to Panthers Party leaders Tirath Ram Sarpanch and Amarnath (Retired ZEO), who lost their lives in a tragic road accident in recent past. The camp was attended by a number of party delegates from various villages of Dudu Basantgarh. While Addressing the gathering, Harsh said that three-day camp has been organised especially for people of remotest and highly deprived villages of Ramnagar constituency, so that individual households could be accessed besides taking care of their grievances. He said that the camp was open to all and everyone has the liberty to speak and ventilate his feeling and grievances besides suggesting necessary measures for betterment of living conditions of people. Harsh said that accessibility has always remained a problem in these areas where even the lower officials were reluctant to visit. These areas are deprived of basic amenities, he said, and suffered the most despicable apathy and indifference of administrative set-up due to their remoteness and difficult terrain. The shortage of staff in Health and Education sector had become almost a perennial feature with authorities concerned sleeping over such genuine concerns of masses despite public outrage, he rued. Harsh regretted the complete neglect of these areas during past 4-5 years with not a single development initiative taken by the then leadership. Lauding people of Dudu Basantgarh for upholding values of secularism and mutual co-existence, Singh said that this remote belt of Ramnagar constituency provided the most glaring example of unity in diversity. Inhabited by Hindus, Muslims, Gujjar Bakkerwal, Gaddis, Sippis, Kolis besides other castes, the aforesaid block always respected the pluralistic ethos and culture of each and every section of society, he added. He said that despite professing different religious faiths and customs, the people had stood as one unit and faced the toughest of times together, whether it was a threat of terrorism, killing of innocent people by Pak sponsored terrorists or deprivation and neglect at the hands of biased and apathetic regimes. He assured the public to project their concerns and grievances for highlighting the same before appropriate forums to ensure early redressal.
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