He gives call to the leaders possessing different political views (separatists) vis-à-vis mainstream parties, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Wednesday asked them to utilize the prevailing favourable atmosphere and discuss their viewpoint across the table.
“Let you come forward and talk for achieving a breakthrough on table which gun could not deliver in 20 years”, he told them asking for their positive contribution in seeking peace and prosperity for the State and its people.
Addressing the State level main function of Independence Day celebrations at Bakshi Stadium here, the Chief Minister said that gun or money can never solve this issue. “Dialogue process is only way forward to address it effectively and meaningfully”, he added.
Omar Abdullah said that he has been advocating this necessity throughout. “On this rostrum I once again underline the need of political addressing of this issue”, he said making earnest appeal to the leaders with different viewpoint (separatists) to get engaged in the dialogue process for the larger interest of the people and the State.
Stating that the graph of violence in the State has shown considerable downward dip during past some years, the Chief Minister substantiated his statements by giving figurative facts in this regard. He said as against 370 violence incidents in 2010, the militancy related incidents in 2011 were 190 and in 2012 these were only 90. He said civilian killings in militancy related incidents in 2010 were 50, these stood at 31 in 2011 and 8 in 2012. He said that 70 security personnel were martyred in 2010 while the number of martyrs was 33 in 2011 and 7 in 2012.
The Chief Minister said that the improvement in situation and restoration of peace in the State after a long period of over 22 years is an achievement worth to reckon. He said this peaceful situation has helped fast track development across the State.
The Chief Minister said that he had talked about gradual removal of AFSPA from some areas, in his speech in the State Assembly and he is continuously advocating for its gradual revocation from the areas where there is no need for such a law. He said that he has recently discussed the matter with the Defence Minister and the top brass of Indian Army. He said that the issue is alive and expressed the hope that gradual revocation of AFSPA will start during his government’s tenure.
Taking a dig on the propaganda of certain leaders (PDP) regarding the performance of his government, the chief Minister said that those who have covered their eyes with dark glasses do not see the brightness of facts. “ The Chief Minister said that while the list of achievements is so exhaustive that it cannot be detailed even in his full day speech. He said that besides focusing on most important five sectors of R&B, PHE, Health, Education and Power, his government has given required attention to Agriculture and allied sectors, Industries and Commerce, Social Welfare, Housing and Urban Development, etc.
On path breaking initiatives of his government for transparency and good governance, the Chief Minister referred to the implementation of Public Service Guarantee Act, Right to Information Act, re-constitution of State Accountability Commission, launch of e-tendering, e-procurement, 3rd party monitoring, etc. He said these measures have helped to restrict the corruption and empower people to ask questions to the government on its performance and financial transactions. He said these initiatives have helped a lot to restrict corrupt practices and save public money. He said that e-tendering initiative has saved Rs. 90 crore to the State exchequer.
The Chief Minister said that by the implementation of J&K Water Resources Act, the State has obtained Rs. 550 crore from various power companies functioning in the State for utilization of water. “This shows that our government takes action and implement these without making noise like others who raise slogans but take no action”, he said without naming PDP for making assertions with regard to utilization of water resources of the State.
Earlier, the Chief Minister hoisted the National Flag and took salute at the march past in which various contingents of students, J&K Police, CRPF, BSF, Forest Protection Force, etc participated.
The Advisors to the Chief Ministers Mubarak Gul and Devender Singh Rana, Minister of State for R&B, Javid Ahmad Dar, Deputy Chairman, Legislative Council, M. Y. Taing and various legislators were present on the occasion besides Civil, Army and Police officers and general public.
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