The state government on Wednesday received brickbats from the moderate Hurriyat for "heavy snowfall paralysing normal life in the wake of the authorities' inertia and poor response".
"The administration has failed on all levels and is showing no interest in providing succour to people in these challenging times," said moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Accusing the government and its officials in Srinagar of "callousness", Mirwaiz said, "People are facing
immense problems in view of the heavy snowfall across the state."
"They have been left alone to fend for themselves. Electricity, water and other services have been snapped and there is immense shortage of day-to-day food items," he claimed.
The moderate Hurriyat spokesman also alleged that "pro-Indian parties, who claim to be representatives of people, are found to be nowhere."
"These parties are busy in election politics and making political alliances. The callous attitude shows that they were not concerned about the problems of people, other than to exploit Kashmiris politically and economically so they can retain the seat of power," said the spokesman.
The separatist group appealed to people "to show unity and cooperation in these hours of emergency."