NC Led Govt Failed to Bring Transparency, Accountability: Mufti

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Srinagar – Reiterating that his party had started a new chapter of peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir and revived democratic institutions, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today alleged that prevailing chaos and anarchy in the state was result of the failure of National Conference led government to bring transparency and accountability in the system. He said that due to lack of transparency and accountability, the system of governance in the state has collapsed.

Addressing a workers’ meeting at Kangan, Mufti reminded that PDP led regime in the state had streamlined functioning of the government by bringing total transparency and accountability in the government. “There was no pick and choose policy during PDP led regime”, he said adding various developmental projects were started in Kangan assembly segment to mitigate miseries of the residents and to accelerate developmental activities in this area.

“We treated all regions and sub-regions equally”, he maintained and added that work on Srinagar-Leh road was approved in the year 2005 and this prestigious project was brought under the Prime Minister Reconstruction Plan of Rs 25000 crore so that the project be completed as early as possible. He added that construction of tunnel at Zojila was also approved in the year 2005 as part of this important project.

“Instead of treating all regions equally, the government was discriminating with different areas in allotting funds for developmental activities”, he added.

He further said that some places have been deliberately ignored while as some places were given priorities. “It has become policy of the government to discriminate with some specific areas for political areas”, he said and such policy of pick and choose was responsible for underdevelopment and backwardness of various regions.

Reiterating resolve of his party to aggressively pursue the pro-peace agenda, Mr Sayeed said it was only during the regime of PDP that dignity and honour of the people of Jammu and Kashmir was restored. PDP had pioneered a peace and reconciliation process which was endorsed by the successive regimes at New Delhi.

“PDP has shown in the past that it can facilitate the resolution process with prudence, and it is ready to shoulder the responsibility of taking the process to its logical conclusion,” he asserted and exhorted the party workers to educate the people about pro-peace polices of the party.

“It was all due to the credibility of the PDP that previous NDA regime headed by Atal Behari Vajpayee and present UPA government led by Dr Manmohan Singh whole heartedly supported initiatives taken by us for restoring peace in this region”, Mr Sayeed said while recalling the historic rally of then Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee at Kashmir on April18, 2003 when he had extended hands of friendship towards Pakistan at the time when

tension was running high on borders. He observed that Vajpayee’s rally at Srinagar had laid foundations of taking Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) to improve relations between two countries.

Mr Sayeed hailed recent decisions taken in the meeting of Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan. He, however, argued that there was a need of taking some CBMs for facilitating cross LoC trade and travel. “We have to carry forward the process of peace in this region”, he asserted and peace process started during PDP regime was irreversible.

Highlighting achievements of PDP led regime, he said PDP led coalition regime had carved out a path of peace and equitable development in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that PDP-Congress coalition regime had revived peoples’ faith in the democratic institutions. “Removing regional imbalance and creating atmosphere for initiating peace process was the remarkable achievement of PDP led coalition”, he observed. “Resorting peace and accelerating equitable development is the one and only agenda of PDP”, he said and asserted that during the PDP led coalition regional imbalances were removed and equal treatment was given to all regions and sub-regions.

Speaking on the occasion vice president of PDP and veteran leader Moulvi Iftikar Hussain Ansari said that PDP has earned credibility of the people through its convictions and commitments. He said that aim of this party was to uphold dignity and honour of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Senior PDP leader and former Minister for Finance Tariq Hamid Karra, while pointing towards rampant corruption in the state, regretted that present regime had crossed all limits as far as corruption, favourtism and nepotism was concerned. He said that although all sections of the society were facing hardship due to wrong policies of preset regime, younger generation was bearing maximum brunt of the policies being adopted by this dispensation.

Former Minister for PHE and Housing and Urban Development Qazi Mohammad Afzal, in his address, called upon the people to compare performance of PDP led regime with the decades long mis-governance of successive National Conference led regimes.

Sayeed Irfan Hussain, Bashir Ahmed Mir, Javed Ahmed, Mushtaq Ahmed Shah, zonal president Kangan, Saleem Ahmed zonal president Ganderbal and others also spoke on the occasion.

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