STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: A group of migrant workers on Saturday assembled near the Bhagwati Nagar area and held a protest to press for their early evacuation to their homes in different parts of the country. Taking serious cognizance of this, former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla on receipt of information reached Bhagwati Nagar to listen to their grievances. During interaction with former Minister, they said they want the government to take them home as soon as possible. Amid high pitch sloganeering by the group in support of the demand for their early return to their homes, they said they had meagre sum left in their pocket and are surviving the ongoing lockdown by begging for food from the local residents. They said they have filled up forms several times over the past week but no action was taken so far, prompting them to come on the roads. “We are apprehensive that the situation will take a long time to get normalised and, therefore, we just want to reach our homes,” They said Meanwhile, former Minister continued distribution of ration items among needy people of Gandhi Nagar constituency. In this regard today he distributed ration items at Guru Tek Bahadur Nagar, Malik Market. Prominent among those present on the occasion include Block President Jatinder Chib, Aman Bawa, Jatin Vashisht, Panch Jasmeet Kour Ward 2, Mohd Hussain Pappu, Panch Parveen Kour Ward 5, Ward 2 Shivani Devi Harijan Mohala, Ramesh Kumar Ward -4, Mistri Mohala Narwal Bala, Chairman Rajkumar Narwal Bala, Ramesh Kumar, Gurupurab Singh Sodhi, Jasvir Singh, Panch Gagan Bral,Iqbal Singh, Sanjay Gupta Murli, Ravi Kant Verma beside others. Bhalla urged LG administration to clear the ambiguities on jobs, ownership of land and delimitation of constituencies in the Union Territory. He asked the UT administration to come up with a pragmatic mechanism to address these matters in tandem with the sentiments and emotions of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “Absence of any authorised government declaration on these sensitive issues coupled with rhetorical statements and assurances by Jammu-based BJP leaders on policy matters bereft of any constitutional authority have lead to confusion and created apprehensions and misgivings in the minds of the locals of J&K particularly the youth,” he said. Confusing signals are coming from the Jammu-based BJP leaders on these issues of vital importance from time to time, which instead of easing tensions and instilling a sense of confidence, create more doubts among the highly apprehensive and worried people, Bhalla claimed. He described eligibility to jobs and ownership of land as most sensitive issues, since they affect the future of the youth. “This concern should, in fact, have been addressed on priority and much earlier but the element of continued dilemma is making the young restive,” he said while referring to the commotion generated by the recently withdrawn advertisement notice for various categories of posts in the High Court. He slammed the local BJP leaders for allegedly creating confusion over jobs and land by doling out tall assurances and indulging in policy decisions which are otherwise not their domain or prerogative. “They come up with innovative solutions and promises and get away with these unceremoniously,” he said.
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