JK CM rejects PDP’s politicking at public cost
Jammu, February 29 (Scoop News) - Underlining the complexity in addressing of political issues of Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday said that the State Legislature alone cannot work out a solution itself adding that the Centre has a definite role in this regard.
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“On this floor of House I am on record to commit ten steps forward movement towards main opposition (PDP) if it rises above politics and moves one step forward sincerely towards me to help address the political issue of Jammu and Kashmir”, he said highlighting the need of exhibiting the approach of a statesman towards this problem instead of behaving like a politician.
Winding up the discussion on Governor’s Address in Legislative Assembly today, the Chief Minister in his elaborative speech on the performance of his Government and present political scenario said that the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight. “We have to work out to move out of the tunnel in the sunshine”, he said underscoring the importance of emancipation and statesmanship approach to address the issue.
“During the Round Table Conference I told the Prime Minister that a politician has eye only on next election while the statesman looks towards next generation”, he said reiterating his this thought impressing upon all the stakeholders to exhibit the statesmanship spirit towards political issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
Omar Abdullah told the opposition party (PDP) that he would move ten steps towards them if they rise above politics and move forward towards him sincerely to addressing the issue jointly. “I have the support of my Legislators”, he said pointing towards the members of his party and coalition partners in the House he asked the support of entire opposition in this regard.
Ridiculing the double standard of PDP with regard to the boycott of proceedings of the House, the Chief Minister said that PDP forgot about the media when its members and party leader were making speeches in the House yesterday but today pretending to be supporting press its members remained away from the House. “Had they shown same sympathy with the press yesterday and denied to speak in the House, we would have considered it a value based politics but they exhibited double standard about the issue”, he added and said that PDP prefers to listen the replies of their unfounded and false allegations while sitting in front of the monitors telecasting the proceedings of the House instead of doing same in the House.
Omar Abdullah castigated PDP for indulging in mud slugging and creating hypes by speaking unabated lies with the intension to create an impression in the minds of people that their concocted tales are true. He said people are wise enough to understand this tactics.
“Character assassination, mud slugging, personal vendetta and falsehood may be PDP’s characteristics, but I believe that ‘God sees the truth but waits’. I have not learnt to throw mud and relay on false propaganda otherwise there is lot of material before me to expose the commissions and omissions this party and its leadership”, he said adding that the time will itself testify my position and my actions. He said that only those indulge in the tactics of personal attacks and baseless allegations who have no issue to talk about.
“We are not afraid of the propagandist approach and unfounded allegations. We have with stood such attacks in the past and have come clean of all allegations levelled against us”, he said asserting that those who indulge in this practice will again eat the humble pie in future. He said lies will never become true even if spoken unlimited times.
Omar Abdullah said that he may not be good media manager like Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but his media friendly attitude and respect for freedom of speech is an open secret. “My colleagues often tell me to copy media management from Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who employs all sorts of methods to engage media including throwing sumptuous lunches and dinners with wazwan for them but I tell them that I am not of that grain who can pretend to be one outwardly and the other inwardly”, he said adding that everyone knows who initiated cases against media persons and bulldozed their offices when he was in office as Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister said that he wants media to flourish and strengthen like an institution and be responsible in rendering its valuable service to the people and the State. “I may not be good media manager but I am their true and sincere friend”, he said adding that he was astonished when the leader of the opposition said that media keeps Omar Abdullah always in lime light. “When any paper writes a column or story highlighting the achievements of the government in its right perspective, its editor receives series of calls from the opposition headquarters blaming him of trade. Next day that paper comes out will full page criticising my government”, he said.
On gradual revocation of AFSPA, Omar Abdullah said that his efforts in this direction would continue assuring that this will become a reality during his tenure. “When I advocated gradual revocation of AFSPA from some areas of the State and was busy in talks with the Prime Minister, other Union leadership and Army, the PDP tried to scuttle my mission by making statements that I should move on this issue only after Army permits me to do so. The party did this only for political reasons. It didn’t want the coalition government to take credit for the initiative and played with the sentiments of the people”, he said adding that his advocacy for gradual revocation of AFSPA from some parts of the State where militancy has died down and army has no role to play will continue as it possesses logical reason. “I would continue to work for it”, he added.
Omar Abdullah also referred to the approach of PDP towards the rehabilitation policy and said that this party opposed the initiative moved by M. Y. Tarigami in the Legislative Assembly and supported by National Conference. “At that point in time this party also feared that the credit for it will go to National Conference and Mr. Tarigami, as such, opposed it on political reasons”.
The Chief Minister said that the improvement in law and order during the last three years is visible on ground. He substantiated his view point by giving the facts and figures on this count. He said that the militancy related incidents in 2009 were 385, civilian killings 71, police personnel killings 13, security forces killings 52 while in 2010 the militancy related incidents were 268, civilian killings 47, police personnel killings 15, security forces killings 49. He said during the year 2011 the militancy related incidents were 192, civilian killed 30, police personnel killed 13 and security forces killed 18.
Omar Abdullah said that the foot prints of security forces are being reduced. “As many as three CRPF battalions have been delinked, 39 security bunkers removed in
The Chief Minister said that attempts were made during last year to disrupt the peace but credit goes to people who denied the vested interests to fall in their net. He referred the PDP’s camping in Kulgam on the occasion of false allegation regarding the molestation of two women. “They camped there to vitiate the situation and put the law and order situation on fire, but credit goes to people who did not listen to be lead-astray on rumours”, he said.
The Chief Minister also took a dig on PDP on passport issue and said that during their so called healing touch tenure, the passports to the relatives of the militants were denied at all. “We have reversed this policy and the relatives of the militants who are not involved in any militancy related activities are open to get passports like others”, he said maintaining that Haj pilgrims are receiving priority in getting passport. “We are also trying to clear the pending cases of passports accumulated during previous years”.
On the achievements registered by the government during last three years, Omar Abdullah said that the peaceful 2011 has provided opportunity to the government to carry forward development to every area. “We are making capital expenditure of about Rs. 8500 crores in the State reaching out to every corner and area on development front”, he said expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for extending support to his Government which in turn is support to the State. He expressed the hope that Central Government would continue its this help to the State in future.
The Chief Minster said that peaceful 2011 has also paid dividend in the form of successful tourist season, more than one crore yatris visited Mata Vaishno Devi, 6.37 Shri Amarnath and 13 lakh visitors visited the Valley. Expecting more productive tourist season this year, Omar Abdullah stressed on the airlines not to inflate air fare during the season and called upon the Union Government to ensure additional flights and increased operational hours at the
On empowerment of people, Omar Abdullah referred to the holding of Panchayat elections. He said PDP even opposed this initiative and circulated different rumours regarding the establishment of Panchayat Raj in the State. “My Government has succeeded in establishing Panchayat institutions, we have transferred powers and finances to these grass root level democratic institutions”, he said informing that the government has recently provided Rs. 41 lakhs to these institutions as untied grants. He said in the coming budget the Finance Minister would elaborate the measures to be taken to extent further funds to these institutions.
On corruption, the Chief Minister said that the initiatives taken by his Government to curb corruption and bring in transparency are glaring and fully visible on ground. He mentioned the enactment of Public Service Guarantee Act adding that Anna Hazare is threatening hunger strike for similar legislation at the Central level. “Ours is the
On employment, Omar Abdullah said that 41000 youth have been absorbed in government service during the last three years while 32000 have been brought under Voluntary Service Allowances scheme. He said Rs. 60 crore have been paid as seed money under SKEWPY to the youth to launch their self-employment ventures. He also mentioned the Himayat and Udaan schemes to train people and increase their skills for job opportunities. He said 25000 students are being provided scholarships to attain higher education.
Omar Abdullah also mentioned establishment of Central Universities, 23 new
On communication sector, Omar Abdullah said that 45 bridges and 26 new roads have been constructed during the last year while 2540 kilometres of roads have been macadamized and 1911 kilometres upgraded. He said work on 4 road stretches on 4-laning of
Omar Abdullah also talked about the payment of Rs. 917 crore 6th Pay Commission arrears to the government employees, regularization of 10+2 lecturers, headmasters, Rehbar-e-Zirat, Rehbar-e-Taleem and others. He said the State Government has to bear Rs. 13500 crores on salaries of government employees, Rs. 2000 crores on payment of pension besides incurring over Rs. 2000 crore losses on supply of electricity when the total revenue realization by all means in the State is Rs. 6500 crores. He referred to the new employment policy and said that it was aimed at providing more employment to the unemployed youth in government sector but politics has marred this opportunity created by the government.
Later, the House passed the resolution of extending thanks to the Governor for delivering speech to both the Houses of the legislature assembled jointly.
The Chief Minister made similar speech in the Upper House in the evening.
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