Srinagar/Jammu, December 05 (Scoop News) –Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday reiterated his vow for restoration of peace and political stability in the State to give meaningful forward push to the development and seek economic prosperity for the people.
“My endeavours will go on unabated in this direction”, he said asserting that benefits of peace would reach to the people in all the fields of life.
Addressing a large public gathering at Kokernag after inaugurating power grid station as a part of the birth anniversary celebration of the late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, the Chief Minister said that there will be no letup in his struggle to gradually see-off the laws like AFSPA from the State which have served their purpose, to make people relish the fruits of peace.
Taking a dig on the double speak of PDP, the Chief Minister said that the party talks in three different tones about AFSPA at three different places of
“People are wise enough to understand the designs behind PDP’s double speak as they have experienced this characteristic of the party since its inception in the politics”, he said adding that the point of view on AFSPA advocated by him would be maintained. “We would continue to work steadfastly about it”, he emphasized.
Omar Abdullah said that the forward movement of his Government on political stability and development process is on. “Without making noise for the path braking initiatives taken and significant achievements registered by my Government during the last three years is amply visible”, he said adding that actions speak louder than words.
On National Conference-Congress relations, Omar Abdullah said that these are cordial and would continue to grow further with the passage of time. He said both parties are working jointly for achieving the goal of peaceful and progressive
Omar Abdullah said that the cordial relations between National Conference and Congress existed right from the times of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, s. Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Sahib, Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Rajiv Gandhi and presently between him and Sonia Ji and Rahul Gandhi. He said coalition would further strengthen for the larger interests of the people of
Referring to the disagreements and quarrels taking place between various ministers in the coalition government led by Mufti Sayeed, Omar said that such clashes were clearly visible during that period and it was the permanent feature of the Cabinet meetings then.
The Chief Minister said that the coalition government led by him in the State is running in tandem, cohesion and there is total understanding between the coalition partners in the government. “You have never seen any such disagreement and clashes between coalition partners in the process of decision making by the present dispensation”, he added.
Correlating development with the availability of electricity, the Chief Minister said that in a State like
“This grim scenario largely affects the development and puts hurdles in the process of generating employment for youth”, he said and asked the people to cooperate with the Government by making timely payments of tariff and shunning the illegal use of electricity.
Explaining the efficacy of Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA) to ensure prompt service delivery to the people by the government departments and reduce the chances of corruption, the Chief Minister said that this initiative of his Government is one among the first few legislations enacted by some States in the Country.
“We have amply empowered the people to receive the designated services under the Act within the prescribed time frame and made administration legally bound for the same”, he said the erring officials are liable to punishment and affected consumer entitled for compensation. He asked the people to take best advantage of the Act and get various public services delivered in the departments of Transport, CAPD, Power, Revenue, PHE and Housing within the prescribed timeframe fixed for each service.
“I have directed the departments of power, transport, public health engineering, consumer affairs and public distribution, revenue and housing which come under the ambit of Public Service Guarantee Act, to install boards in the premises of their offices across the State in Urdu, Hindi and English giving details about the services and the timeframe these offices are bound to provide to the people. I have also told them to give details about the fine to be imposed on the erring official and the compensation to be paid to the consumers for not receiving the service within the stipulated time period”, he said and asked general people to check the presence of these boards in the office premises of these departments and if they find these missing they should report to concerned Deputy Commissioner as also to the office of the Chief Minister.
On empowerment of Panchayats in the State, the Chief Minister said that government has transferred powers of 16 departments to the panchayats to make them effective basic units of planning and development in the State and catapult the policy of equitable and area specific development in the State in accordance to the aspirations of the people.
The public meeting was also addressed by Ministers, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Abdul Gani Malik, Dr. Manohar Lal, Shabir Ahmad Khan and Legislator Ghulam Ahmad Mir.
The celebration of birth anniversary of Late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on 5th December was marked with the inauguration of five development projects and laying of foundation to equal number of works by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah across the State on Monday.
The Chief Minister inaugurated district Employment Counselling Centres at Ganderbal and Samba, a Power Grid Station at Lissar, Sagam in
Omar Abdullah laid the foundations of
The 50 MVA, Rs. 17.52 crore, 132/33 KV Grid Station Lissar, Sagam would improve power supply in South Kashmir particularly in the areas of Dooru, Hillar, Kokernag and adjoining areas while the Grid Station at Ramban has been completed at a cost of Rs. 42 crores. The 220/132 KVA Ramban Grid Station will benefit the districts of Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar. It will give boost to the developmental activities and help fast tracking of railway project. The 120 MVA Grid Station will also pave the way for construction of two more grid stations at Bhallesa and Kishtwar. The Employment Council Centres at Ganderbal and Samba inaugurated by the Chief Minister have been completed at a cost of about Rs. 2 crores.
The Physical Education complex at Ganderbal is likely to cost over Rs. 32.29 crores. It envisages construction of 200-beded boy’s hostel, 50-bedded girl’s hostel and administrative block. The
The Data Centre at PDD complex Bemina,
The Data Centre will serve as nerve centre for the activities relating to the power distribution, consumer service, metering, billing, revenue collection, reconciliation and customer care. The cost of civil infrastructure is likely to be about Rs 4 crores and the completion target for civil works is 2012. The centre will be equipped with modern computer hardware and software worth Rs. 48.5 crores.
The Data Recovery Centre at
The Data Recovery Centre is likely to involve about Rs. 2 crores for civil works while computer hardware and software will cost about Rs. 25 crores. Along this facility SCADA is also being raised.
Last year on the birth anniversary of late Sheikh Sahib on 5th December, Omar Abdullah inaugurated 1stphase of TRC at Nowgam constructed at about Rs. 12 crores. He also inaugurated Rs. 22.77 crore Mini Secretariat at Ganderbal, Rs. 2,75 crore bridge at Jagti, Nagrotra and Rs. 12 crore Divisional Commissioner office complex at Rail Head, Jammu.
The work on various major projects for which Omar Abdullah laid foundation on this day previous year are in the last stage of completion and are likely to be dedicated to the people soon.
The Chief Minister along with Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy and President NC, Dr. Farooq Abdullah visited the mazaar of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah at Hazratbal offered Fateh and paid floral tributes to the late leader.
Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Ministers, Abdul Rahim Rather, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Abdul Gani Malik, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Sakina Itoo, S. S. Slathia, Nasir Aslam Wani, Shabir Ahmad Khan, Advisors to the Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul and Devender Singh Rana, Parliament Members, Legislators and political activists also offered fateh and tributes to Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on the occasion.