Expressing profound grief over the large scale devastation caused by landslides in various villages of Ramnagar constituency, Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP & former Minister lambasted the government for its abject failure in coming to the rescue of the affected people. He said that massive landslides had caused huge loss of property, residential houses, livestock, agricultural fields and standing crops in several villages of Tehsil Basantgarh and Tehsil Majalta with the concerned authorities acting as mute spectators with no action taken for relief or rehabilitation of the poor inhabitants of the affected area. He said that dozens of houses, both Pacca and Kacha, had been razed to ground in the villages of Rasli Gaderan, Garh-Samnabhanj, Sundla, Babey, Jansal, Chigla Balota etc besides loss of livestock, cattle and damage to other property, and lands of poor farmers. He was sitting on dharna in protest against the lackluster approach of government in addressing the plight of affected farmers.
Pointing towards the massive destruction of houses in Gandhi Top area of Rasli Gaderan, Singh said that government apathy had been largely responsible for the gruesome tragedy that could have been easily averted by timely intervention of government functionaries who failed to act despite repeated public clamours. He said that the water Reservoir and the main gravity line at Gandh Top were both damaged with the overflowing water and leaking pipes having posed grave danger which was however overlooked by PHE Department officials despite repeated complaints.
Seeking immediate relief and rehabilitation of affected families, Singh called for immediate evaluation of the damages and early payment of compensation to all those affected by the tragic incidents. He further called for a judicial probe into the criminal negligence of various government departments that had failed to respond to the repeated calls of villagers and had completely neglected the said remote areas in implementing the various welfare schemes envisaged for such areas.