'No alternative arrangements for farmers despite monsoon failure'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2014 19:40 IST

Former Rajya Sabha member and People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Suchetagarh assembly segment, Sardar Trilok Singh Bajwa, on Sunday said despite monsoon failure, the state government had not made contingency arrangements for irrigation facilities for farmers in the state.

Addressing workers at a series of public meetings at Kotli, Vyaspur and Badyal Brahamana, Bajwa said water pumps installed by farmers in the fields were malfunctioning due to frequent power cuts. "This year's sowing season has almost passed but authorities have not made alternative arrangements." However, he assured the farming community that the PDP would formulate a comprehensive policy to solve the grievances of farmers.

Meanwhile, senior PDP leader and party candidate for Jammu west assembly segment, Daman Bhasin, urged the youth to participate in the party's election campaigns and usher change in the state. "You have to shoulder the responsibility of establishing a corrupt-free, accountable system of governance in Jammu and Kashmir."

Bhasin said during chief minister Omar Abdullah's tenure, the government had not addressed grievances of the youth. The prevailing anger among the youth against the government was a clear indication of the National Conference's betrayal of the people of the state, he said.

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