Abdul Rasheed, an independent MLA from north Kashmir’s Langate area, on Monday accused the authorities of slow progress on work despite availability of funds and threatened to beat drums at the doors of senior officers as mark of protest.
“To begin with, the first protest of its kind will be held by knocking the door of New Asian Construction Company’s owner, who is constructing a prestigious bridge connecting the hamlets of Langate with those of Sopore at Pohru Nallah at Sonwani on which work is on at a snail's pace for many years,” said Rasheed.
The MLA claims that despite availability of funds for projects , "the authorities are not taking any interest to ensure that public money is utilized in a proper way and the projects are completed in the stipulated time".
The MLA said that the fate of many prestigious projects remain hanging in balance. "The criminal negligence on part of bureaucrats and contractors is already resulting in heavy cost escalation of these projects. It also proves that huge and tall claims made by the government regarding carrying state forward in various fields proves to be nothing more than hollow slogans,” he said.
Referring to various projects being carried out in Langate by the ERA, PHE, RGGY, Health, Tourism and other agencies and departments, the MLA said that in order to awaken these ministers and babus from the deep slumber he has decided to knock their doors along with panchs and sarpanchs by playing drums.
"It's a way to lodge a peaceful protest against the mess," he said.