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Stinking-choked drains, dilapidated lanes, lack of public transport have made our lives miserable: Locals tell Munish
Panchayat Dharap: So near and yet so far from Jammu city
6/16/2019 11:58:32 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, June 16: Editor Early Times, Munish Gupta, who would be contesting the forthcoming Assembly elections as Independent candidate from Gandhi Nagar Assembly constituency on Sunday visited villages falling under Panchayat Dharap in Block Satwari, Jammu as a part of his mass contact programme.
During his door to door visit, the residents of villages Dharap and Shergarh (formerly known as Giddar Gallian) informed Munish Gupta about several problems being faced by them on daily basis particularly lack of proper sewerage system, non-metalling of roads, lanes and by-lanes besides non-provision of public transport facility in their areas.
A resident of village Dharap, Manjeet Singh, a government school teacher, told Munish Gupta that the people of Dharap do not aspire anything but better lanes and channelization of sewerage system in their area as potholed lanes and overflowing drains have made the life of locals miserable.
While another local, Chint Kour, a housewife, also sought surfacing of lanes and a proper network of drains so that the people of the area could heave a sigh of relief besides she also demanded introduction of public transport in the area as the people are still forced to cover the distance from Dharap upto main road (Jeevan Nagar, Digiana-Bishnah Road) either by foot or by hitchhiking.
"We are fed up living along with stinking drains, dusty lanes and by-lanes while the lack of public transportation adds more to our miseries as there is no provision of mini bus or auto rickshaw service. Nobody cares for our problems and try to get a solution for them. We had high hopes when Kavinder Gupta got elected as MLA but sorry to say he never bothered to visit our area," said Chint Kour.
Kulbhushan Singh, Swarn Kour, Surjeet Singh, Bimal Kour, Gurdeep Singh and Manjeet Kour while interacting with Munsih Gupta also narrated the difficulties being faced by the residents of the Panchayat mainly due to lack of basic amenities like proper sanitation, smooth lanes and by-lanes and public transportation, which is one of the major necessities they require on urgent basis.
All of them said that they would support only that candidate in the Assembly polls who give due consideration to their demands.
While responding to the villagers, Munish Gupta assured them that his area of focus will always be overall development of Panchayat Dharap and his priority will always be to mitigate their problems.
In addition to the problems of lanes and drains, there were few residents who raised the issue of not getting old age pension, widow pension, Aadhar Cards and other necessary documents issued by different government agencies.
The official apathy has deprived several elderly persons residing in the area of old-age pension and widow pension as they are yet to get themselves enrolled.
Locals alleged that the process of including eligible pensioners in the official list was done only on paper as a result of which those legitimate were deprived of their rights while those who have approach and are not entitled to avail the benefits get it easily.
The delay in enrolling the names of senior citizens in the list of persons eligible for old-age pension shows the lack of concern for the economically backward people.
A 70-year-old widow Seet Kour of village Dharap stands testimony to the negligence of officials towards the plight of the poor.
"I filled the form to get enrolled for the old age pension on several occasions but till date I have not received a single penny under the scheme. Whenever an inquiry is made for the inordinate delay at the concerned quarters, they gave a tame reply that funds for the same are being awaited. A poor lady like me has no approach while those who have connections with influential people are able to get the pension without any problem," said Seet Kour.
Another elderly woman Simar Kour also narrated her tale of woes as far as getting enrolled for the old age pension scheme.
"I am too old to make several rounds for getting enrolled as a pensioner. I tried a lot to get my name entered in the beneficiaries' list but couldn't succeed. I appeal to the authorities to sanction pension in my favour at the earliest as it has become difficult for me to feed my family including a handicap son on meager resources," said Simar Kour.
While Jaspal Singh of village Dharap said that he is unable to get registered for the Aaadhar Card, Election Card and Ration Card despite making repeated attempts.
"A technical glitch is being cited every now and then by the concerned authorities due to which I am unable to get enrolled my family for Aadar, Election and Ration Cards. The chaotic system should be corrected so that the people do not get suffered unnecessarily," said Jaspal Singh.
Gurdip Singh of the same village has almost similar problem as his strenuous efforts to get enrolled for Aadhar Card have not yielded fruitful results.
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