Peaceful, progressive J&K my mission: Omar



Budgam/Srinagar, May 08 (Scoop News) – Reiterating the necessity for addressing political issues of Jammu and Kashmir politically, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday assured the people of his government’s sincere efforts to realize peaceful and progressive Jammu and Kashmir.


            “My endeavours to seek peace, political stability and prosperity for Jammu and Kashmir would continue”, he said maintaining that he believes in actions rather than slogans over crucial issues.

            Addressing a public gathering here, the Chief Minister said that he has been all along driving home the importance of addressing political issues of Jammu and Kashmir in a political manner to obtain lasting peace and prosperity in the State.

            “We are not of that grain who would invent slogans and cry hoarse on crucial issues, we believe in working on ground and making the importance of issues felt by all”, he said adding that his mission on this subject is loud and clear. He said economic measures would not resolve political matters and he has been advocating this reality all along.

            Omar Abdullah said that gun has never been solution to any problem and will never be so in future. “It is common public who have to bear the brunt of the gun and suffer on all counts”, he said underscoring the significance and need for resolving issues through dialogue process. He expressed the hope that the talks between India and Pakistan would yield positive results for permanent peace in the sub-continent especially in Jammu and Kashmir.

            Underlining peace imperative for development, Omar Abdullah said that the dividends of peaceful 2011 are visible before us. “In a peaceful atmosphere the growth of economy and fast track development is certain”, he maintained and asked the hand of people in the maintenance of tranquillity and peace in the State.

            The Chief Minister said that the commitment made by the coalition government to people on development front would be carried forward with full energy and sincerity. “My government has done a lot on development and economic front during the last three years and we are determined to achieve the development goals set for the welfare and comprehensive progress of the State”, he said adding that impact of these achievements registered during last three years is visible on the ground.

            Referring to the historic legislation of Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA) enacted by his government to empower people to obtain public services in six departments within the fixed time frame and restrict the chances of corruption, Omar Abdullah said that the Act has created topsy-turvy in the practice of receiving bribes from people by the government functionaries for delivery of public services. “Now any official found showing laxity or failing in delivering the public services like issuance of driving license, ration card, revenue papers, building permission, electricity or water connection, etc in the fixed time frame for such services shall be liable for a fine up to Rs. 5000. This shall be deducted from the salary of the erring official and a part of it paid to the affected consumer as compensation”, he explained.

            Omar Abdullah also talked of empowering people through RTI to question the government departments regarding financial transactions and physical progress. “You are now empowered to ask any question to any government department regarding its functioning, transactions, work done and other relevant matters”, he added.

            On the development of Budgam, Omar Abdullah said that during the last three years Rs. 150 crores have been on the development of power sector in Budgam district. He said Rs. 10 crores have been sanctioned for upgrading HT/LT power distribution system in Budgam town. He said Rs. 70 crores are being spent for upgrading drinking water supply while Rs. 15 crores are being expended on construction of roads in Budgam constituency.

            The Chief Minister said that 50 primary schools have been opened in the constituency during last two years where 60 primary schools have been upgraded to middle standard level. He said 10 middle schools are being upgraded to high schools level. He said 260 RTI teachers have been appointed and 58 school buildings constructed in the constituency during the last two years.

            The public meeting was also addressed by Minister for Animal Husbandry, Aga Syed Rouhalla, Advisor to the Chief Minster, Mubarak Gul and Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani.