Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Monday attacked the central government over the rising prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders.
“Prices continue to rise. No money to fill the cylinder. Businesses are closed. This is the suffering of common women. When will we talk about their pain? Reduce inflation,” said Gandhi in a tweet that also features a video of a woman talking about rising cooking gas prices.
Earlier on August 11, Priyanka Gandhi had slammed the Central Government over the issue of inflation and also asked the Centre to give subsidies to the poor on Ujjwala LPG cylinders.
On August 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Ujjwala 2.0 (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana – PMUY) by handing over LPG connections at Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba through video conferencing.
Will deliver Ist 300 electricity units free if JKAP comes to power: Bukhari
Apni Party president Syed Mohd Altaf Bukhari expressed serious concerns over the crippling economic scenario in Jammu and Kashmir saying that people of the erstwhile State are no more in a position to afford perpetuity in the prevailing dismal situation.
Bukhari was addressing one-day convention of the Party at Charar-i-Shareef in district Budgam.
Bukhari said that Jammu and Kashmir has abundant natural water resources through which thousands of megawatts of electricity is generated round the clock but still people of J&K are pushed to bear with excruciating power cuts in both the divisions alike.
“It’s saddening to see that J&K being a region with enough potential in hydroelectricity generation, still has to face an immense electricity shortage throughout the year. In summers Jammu division has to grapple with the agonizing power cuts while as Kashmir division witnesses perpetual blackouts during winter,” he observed.
He added the only response people receive from the concerned department is power load shedding but asked that for how long the citizens living in a post-modern world have to bear with this nuisance inflicted by a welfare state.
‘It’s paradoxical that while J&K is a haven for electricity generation, the Government is always crying about immense losses on electricity purchase that according to certain reports has reached to over 6000 cores per annum. This is not a favour to the people of J&K if the government spends this much amount annually on power purchases for its people. It is a subsidy given to the 1.35 crore people whose natural resources are being utilized for the power generation consumed by the rest of the country as well,” adding that such unwarranted remarks made by a welfare state are tantamount to equating pro-people measures with a corporate business model.
Bukhari pledged that if people support Apni Party in the forthcoming assembly elections and ensure formation of it’s government, the Party will deliver free 300 units of electricity every month to every household.
Party senior leader Ghulam Hassan Mir said that the Party’s agenda has always focused on the development and prosperity of the people of J&K which unfortunately had been ignored in the past.
“Unless the economic prosperity is delivered on ground while providing ample opportunities to the energetic youth in the fields they aspire for, the people will continue to feel dejected,” Mir added.
Several other party leaders also spoke on the occasion.
Three retired officials join Congress in Jammu
Three retired officials including a police officer joined the Congress, a party spokesman said.
Former Superintendent of Police Tajinder Singh, retired managing director industries & commerce Vinay Bhushan and retired aeronautic engineer Satish Dogra were welcomed into the party fold by senior leaders, the spokesman said.
AICC in-charge of J&K affairs Rajni Patil and Pradesh Congress Committee chief G A Mir expressed hope the new entrants would work for strengthening the party.
Mir attacked the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre, alleging it has failed to fulfil even a single commitment it made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and brought miseries to the common man due to its “wrong policies”.
“This government”s achievement is that divisive forces have succeeded in vitiating the atmosphere of peace and harmony in the country. There is hue and cry everywhere and nobody feels secure in the present regime,” he claimed.
After his joining, Singh said he was impressed with the working and secular approach of the Congress party which is taking huge strides under the leadership of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.
“It is only the Congress which can lead the country to prosperity and development,” he said.
PM CARES Fund is black hole of lies, corruption: Congress
Slamming the PM CARES Fund, Congress on Sunday raised questions regarding its legality and called it a “black hole of lies and corruption”.
Citing a media report about a petition in the Supreme Court that challenged the legality of the PM CARES Fund, the official account of Congress tweeted “The “PM CARES Fund” is black hole of lies, public funds and corruption.”
Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) is a public charitable trust being registered under the Registration Act, 1908 at New Delhi, on March 27, 2020.
The said national fund has been set up with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation such as the one posed by COVID- 19 pandemic and to provide relief to the affected citizenry, Sheela further said in her petition filed before the Supreme Court and sought appropriate directions and orders from it forthwith.
The Opposition had time and again slammed the lack of transparency in the fund with it being out of the ambit of the RTI Act and the CAG audit.
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