SHOPIAN- Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Wednesday predicted overwhelming victory for his government in 2014 General Assembly Elections asking the people to ensure permanent eviction of the MLAs from Legislative Assembly who have remained away from its proceedings and failed to highlight public demands at the right forum.
Addressing a largely attended public gathering at Wathu in Shopian District of South Kashmir, the Chief Minister without naming PDP said that had the Pen-Inkpot (election symbol of PDP) partys MLA of the area advocated the issue of compensation of land to its young owner in the Assembly, the youth would not have to wait for the visit of the Chief Minister to his area to register his grievance.
This, he said, in response to the demand made by a youth in the public meeting in this regard before the Chief Minister. Omar Abdullah directed the concerned to immediately attend to the genuine demand of the youth and redress its grievance positively.
You have not returned our nominee from this constituency but we have not neglected you at all. We have ensured your development at par with other parts of the State as equitable and holistic development of the State is benchmark of my government, he told the public gathering substantiating his statement with facts and figures of achievements registered in the constituency and the district during last four and a half years of the governance of his government.
Omar Abdullah said that over Rs. 60 crores have been spent in Shopian on the construction and upgradation of roads alone while five bridges are under construction at a cost of Rs. 34.75 crores. He said three schemes have been approved under NABARD at a cost of Rs. 6.57 crores and Rs. 3.17 crores have been released as mobilization advance for these schemes. He said 23 road projects have been sanctioned in Shopian District, of which 21 have been completed and work on two schemes is in full swing.
The Chief Minister said that 49 schemes have been taken up under Public Health Engineering programmes and 16 have been completed during the last three years and eight schemes are targeted for the current financial year.
Omar Abdullah said that a modern Fruit Mandi, first of its kind in Asia, has been sanctioned for Shopian to facilitate fruit growers and traders associated with this activity. He said Rs. 40 crores have been earmarked for this market. He said a modern Mini-Secretariat for District Shopian is coming up at an estimated cost of over Rs. 40 crores. The Chief Minister announced Rs. 1.5 crore for the upgradation of LT/HT lines in Shopian. He also announced a receiving station in the area and Rs. 70 lakhs for playground besides a modern Primary Health Centre and PHE augmentation scheme.
The Chief Minister said that his government would continue to focus on redressing public grievances and expanding the orbit of development in all areas during next one and a half years adding that attention is being paid on creating economic activities by bringing Shopian on tourist map. He said construction of Mughal Road has opened new vistas of development and economic welfare for this district adding that the road has helped a lot to fruit growers to dispatch their produce to Poonch-Rajouri belt hassle-free.
Omar Abdullah said that this all has been possible due to peaceful atmosphere underlining tranquillity and peace key to all round development. He said we have tried to reach out all areas on development front and deliver positively and purposefully. We are not like those who cover their eyes with black glasses and remain devoid of ground realities. We are fully aware of public difficulties and their demands. We are keenly addressing these and making necessary dent wherever required. He said the performance of his government would speak loudly and clearly for it.
The meetings was addressed by Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Nazir Ahmad Guraezi, Minister of State for Technical Education, Vikar Rasool, MLA and Provincial President NC, Kashmir, Nasir Aslam Wani, Legislator, Showkat Ahmad and other local leaders.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated 50 MVA 132/33 KV Grid Station at Kanipora with associated 132 KV D/C Lassipora-Shopian Transmission Line involving estimated cost of Rs. 17.52 crores. The commissioning of Grid Station has energized receiving stations at Batpora, Gargan, Pinjura and Choudhary Gund. Another 33 KV Shadimarg feeder presently under construction will feed receiving stations at Shadimarg, Mittergam and Keller.
On reaching Wathu, Omar Abdullah was welcomed big enthusiastic crowd raising slogans in his favour and in favour of his government.
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