BY GR Junejo
Diplo, Tharparkar: A large number of people gathered here on Wednesday under the banner of Citizens’ Alliance and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) to stage demonstration and sit-in as a protest against the indifferent attitude of various government officers due to which the Diplo town and other villages of Taluka are faced with civic problems since long.
The protesters, who had gathered at Diplo town’s Allah Wal Chowk, alleged that Assistant Commissioner, Mukhtiarkar, Town Officer, Engineer, Public Health Engineer and other concerned officers often remain absent from duties and there is nobody to resolve the issues faced by the citizens.
The agitating people said that the entire drainage system of the town has collapsed and the town remains inundated during the rainy season. “This year too we fear inundation, as no work has been done so far as the monsoon season is not away,” they said.
According to protesters, the work on a water disposal scheme started three years back by public health department in Pinjal Mohalla of the Diplo town is still incomplete. “Every year millions of rupees are usurped in the name of rainwater disposal,” they alleged.
They also highlighted the issue of land grabbing, as according to the protesters, certain people have occupied the areas meant for rainwater disposal. “These people do not allow laying the pipelines in those areas.”
Another issue they highlighted was the Gauchers (grazing land), which are being sold by the land grabbers but the revenue department officials are in deep slumber resulting in disputes among the citizens.
The protesters told that the building of Taluka Hospital is in dilapidated condition, the maternity home too has become ineffective, two ambulances are out of order and the hospital is lacking required equipment and the pediatricians. Moreover, the Vocational Training Center building is dilapidated since two decades and despite providing funds by the government, no renovation has been undertaken that has put the lives of boys and girls in peril. Several schools in different villages are closed due to non-availability of teachers.
The protesters alleged that the drug dens are being run in Diplo town under the patronage of police.
Maulvi Abdul Rehman Otho, Maulvi Muhammad Abbas Kalar, Imran Baghi, Umar Bajer, Maoji Kolhi, Isardas Bachani, Abdul Rahim Bajer, Abdullah Junejo, Ibrahim Lund, Hahif Nek Muhammad, Aijaz Ahmed and others addressed the demonstrators.