Will strive for justice to be done to the poor & economically down familes : Former Minister, Syed Basharat Bukhari

Srinagar, Feb 05 (KNS): Commenting on the ongoing eviction drive, the People's Conference Vice-President, Syed Basharat Bukhari on Sunday said his party will not let the ruling dispensation to do "injustice with poor".

"We are much concerned about peoples miseries. The ongoing eviction drive has triggered chaos in public especially poor is badly affected. Our party will not let ruling dispensation to do injustice and unfair practices with poor," Bukhari exclusively told KNS.

He said recently PC delegation led by me met Chief Secretary J&K, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta and apprised him the hardships people especially poor are going through due to ongoing eviction drive. He also said that the delegation clarified that if the government had said that poor will not be touched in the drive but the situation at grassroots level speaks differently which disputes the claims of government.

"The bulldozer does not posses an eye. There should be no ambiguity in the drive. The government should frame a concrete policy and directions must be passed to concern Tehsildar, Naib Tehsildar, Patwari and other officials to make them understand where to use bulldozer and where not?," Bukhari said.

"The poor people are much distressed due to the ongoing eviction drive as the community feels their land and livelihood is at risk. So it is the responsibility of the state to assure them that their land and livelihood will not be touched and harmed", he said.

Bukhari, a Former Minister of Law, Justice, Revenue and Horticulture told KNS that the government should have identified people having possession of few marlas of land prior to demolition drive so that the prevalent mess among masses would have been avoided. He said if any poor was touched and affected during the drive so far, the government must come forward for their rehabilitation.

To a query, the PC leader said the meeting with Chief Secretary took place in a friendly atmosphere and our pleas were heard patiently. He said "I am hopeful the government will come out with some tangible policy to ensure more transparency in the drive so that poor will get maximum relief". (KNS)

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