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Political space "shrinking" in J-K: CPI(M)

PTI  Srinagar, April 28, 2013
First Published: 17:26 IST(28/4/2013) | Last Updated: 17:27 IST(28/4/2013)

Jammu and Kashmir unit of CPI(M) on Sunday said the "shrinking" political space in the state was "worrisome" and broader political platform was the need of the hour.

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"The shrinking political space for the people particularly the younger generation is worrisome and need of the hour is to respond to their socio economic and political needs. The need is to have a broader political platform in Kashmir as the people want to give vent to their sufferings and at the same, want justice to be done," CPI(M) state secretary M Y Tarigami said.

Tarigami claimed the people in Kashmir are suffering for want of basic amenities at a time when the world has taken a quantum leap in socio-economic development, infrastructure building and technology.

"There are hardly any visible changes on ground vis-a-vis development and infrastructure building and the sky-touching promises that have been made often by the successive governments in the state are yet to be fulfilled," he said addressing a party convention in south Kashmir's Shopian district.

Expressing displeasure over the"dismal" developmental scenario in the state, Tarigami said the state government has failed to go beyond 45 per cent expenditure of the Rs. 7300 crore annual plan for 2012-13 during the three quarters of the last fiscal.

He asked the state government to initiate measures for creation of ample jobs for the unemployed youth, revival of Public Sector Units and promotion of primary sectors.

"The announcement of over 70,000 jobs should be given a practical shape and likewise job assurances should be made for un-skilled manpower," he said.

The CPI (M) leader appealed to all political parties in the state to ponder over the shortcomings that have "further eroded" the credibility of political process in the state.


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