Have Patience, We’ll Get Governance Right: Mufti


‘Game for political dissent but some positions unacceptable’

Srinagar: Defending once again his battle of ideas policy JK Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed today said that his government will continue to provide space for the political dissent in the state but maintained there was a redline that will not be allowed to be crossed. 

“My government would provide a political space for dissent,” Mufti told reporters at the re-opening ceremony of Secretariat on the occasion of Darbar Move to Srinagar. “But some positions taken by people are not acceptable and action as per law has been taken in those cases”.

On Hurriyat G leader Masarat Alam’s rearrest, CM said, “Alam’s own deeds are responsible for his arrest.”

Seeking time from the people, Sayeed said PDP-BJP coalition government will put the system back on track in the state which could take time. 

However, he admitted that there were many challenges before the state government. “Our priority would be to help people to rebuild their houses, damaged due to devastating flood in September last year in the valley”, he told reporters at civil secretariat where the Darbar Move offices, offices reopened to function for six summer months. 

The offices were closed at winter capital, Jammu, on April 24 after functioning  for six months. 

Sayeed said the new Government was committed to the rehabilitation of victims, which will be carried out on priority. He said the State was confronted with another threat of flood which was prevented by timely management and executing proper flood drill.

We have provided a token of compensation to uninsured marginal traders and destitute, who lost everything in the September 2014 deluge. The people who have suffered damage to their property and trade at a higher scale are also being compensated.

“Besides helping people to construct their houses, we will work to reconstruct the infrastructure damaged in the floods,” he said adding the government would put the system back on track and bring more tourists to Kashmir. 

“We are also focusing on revival of tourism in the state so that people associated with this trade earn their livelihood,” he said. Sayeed described tourism as the lifeline of states economy as it is the only sector that can provide instant relief to the people.  

He said there is a need to change the negative perception about J&K in the rest of the country, which is affecting its image as an ideal tourist destination.

Talking about the new employment policy which envisages seven years of contractual service for  the new recruits before their regularization, Sayeed said, “The new recruitment policy has been announced to speed up filling up of vacancies so that the jobs are provided to educated youth in a transparent and time-bound manner.”

When asked whether the state was facing any financial problems, Mufti shot back that there was no financial crunch in the state.

“There are two aspects of government spending, one relating to the routine expenditure and the other with specific reference to relief and rehabilitation. The first one is being met despite previous liabilities,” he said.

The CM said that the implementation of the Agenda of Alliance between PDP and BJP was on course and there was “no deficit in the Common Minimum Programme”. 

CM chairs meeting with ministers

Srinagar: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Tuesday chaired a high level meeting with his council of ministers after he attended his office in Civil Secretariat here.

Official sources said that soon after Mufti reached his office in the Secretariat he called a meeting with his ministers.“The meeting was attended by all the ministers from BJP and PDP including the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh. During the meeting the CM was given a detailed overview of the plans of various ministers for the completion of ongoing projects,” they said.

Sources said that to ensure that there is no misuse of discretionary powers in government departments, chief minister asked his cabinet colleagues to scrutinize such powers of the officers in their respective departments and suggest measures to ensure that transparency is maintained in all procedures.

Sources further said that this followed after the reports about some higher officers misusing their position. “The chief minister has taken strong note of  it and told  the ministers to initiate action against such officers”.

Chief minister was also briefed about the current security situation in the state. 

Mufti is reported to have told the ministers that the main focus of the government would be on reviving the defunct institutions and restoration of their credibility as per the aspirations of the people. “We have to fulfil the aspirations of the common masses for which they have given us the mandate” he said.

The CM said that it was not a partisan coalition but a coalition of hope, reconciliation and opportunity which would focus on removing the trust deficit between state and rest of the country.

According to the sources, the Deputy Chief Minister also stressed on government’s commitment to ensure good governance for the betterment of the people and eradicating the menace of corruption.

“Common Minimum Programme (CMP) is guideline for the Council of Ministers to achieve the development goals of the government for which they would have to strive hard. Both the parties of the government would function in complete harmony and bring a new sense of justice and fair play to people all regions,” he said.

Not state, but saffron flags greet ministers 

Srinagar:  For the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, State Ministers were greeted by Saffron flags of  Bharatiya Janata Party as offices of the government reopened in the summer capital.

The saffron flags and buntings of BJP were seen all along from city’s lone flyover at Jehangir Chowk up to Civil Secretariat.

The flags and buntings were placed by BJP workers to “welcome its ministers”.

“Actually, it was done to welcome the government and against the shutdown called by some people,” the BJP’s media in-charge, Altaf Thakur said.

When asked why not State’s own flag, he contradicted his earlier remark and said: “We wanted to welcome our ministers only but we honour other ministers as well.”

The State Congress president, meanwhile, criticized government over the saffron flags and said: “Mufti made his entry in Civil Secretariat amid waving of saffron flags it seemed as if the state of affairs of government were run by the BJP, RSS & Bajrang Dal activists.”

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