State Times NewsJAMMU: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla on Tuesday claimed that Government’s limited attention on health care facilities in Jammu & Kashmir has deeply disappointed people and has attracted huge public criticism for failure to handle COVID-19 scenario. Former Minister questioned health specialists on institutional and infrastructural failures of the health and medical education department.He said that poor patient care even at the main referral hospitals in twin capital cities Srinagar and Jammu show the mirror to the government particularly the bureaucratic top brass of health and medical education department. The patient care even at the main referral hospitals in Srinagar and Jammu is poor and fragmented. Former Minister said Natural calamities have no calendar and for facing the unscheduled emergencies triggered by the natural calamities the government has to keep its both institutional and as well infrastructural health care setup in a state of readiness.The biggest failure of the government in the health care sector is the dearth of manpower facilities at the main referral hospitals and district healthcare facility centre in major town across Jammu.Shockingly the unprecedented delay in filling the already created posts in health sector has largely contributed to the dearth of technical staff in the hospitals, he added.Keeping in view present COVID-19 pandemic scenario the government will have to change its priorities for expanding the institutional and infrastructural health care facilities across Jammu & Kashmir.Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir was the victim of wrong policies of Centre and previous State Government of BJP which came into the existence after betraying people for votes, Bhalla lashed out at Centre Government over being insensitive towards the agony of the people.Bhalla was interacting with prominent persons of Qusim Nagar area in Bahu Fort in Gandhi Nagar constituency today as a part of his mass contact programme to listen to grievances of aggrieved people of constituency where he appealed the people to rise to the occasion to strengthen the Congress party for their better future.Prominent among those present on the occasion include Diwan Chand, Vijay Singh Chib, Latish Sharma, Sahil Sagotra, Gopal Sharma, Panna Lal, Pintu, Bunty, Gurdeep Singh Madam Sumitra, Madam Anju, Madam Jamila, Jasbir Singh Jassi, Gurdeep Singh beside others.Former Minister said that State of Jammu and Kashmir was the worst hit due to the wrong policies adopted by the Centre Govt, stating that Centre was just doing lip services to people of Jammu and Kashmir.He said that people were feeling that Centre wants to continue to rule the State through Raj Bhawan and take some important policy decisions in absence of the State Legislature, urging upon the center Government to clear the doubts, brewing in the hearts and minds of people.“On one hand BJP Government was claiming that it would address the developmental issues confronting state, on war footing basis, but on the other hand its approach towards the State was very unfortunate, people were being denied their right to elect their representatives by way of elections, which is not only unfortunate but very serious rather anguishing for the people of JK,” he said.Bhalla urged the Centre Government to restore the confidence of the people and ensure that elections to State Legislative Assembly were held in order to give the people their own Government, which could listen and address their issues without running from pillar to post. Bhalla added that Congress party initiated incredible process of development in JK, many projects were completed and many were in the pipeline, but the previous BJP Govt has undone every achievement of the Congress party, the fact of the matter, was that the people were pushed to wall due to the contradiction and unfriendly approach of the then State Government, besides that the Centre Govt has added miseries to people by adopting callous attitude.
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