Time To Realise 2002 Dream: Mufti

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said the effective implementation of the Agenda of Alliance of the Coalition Government will ensure equal opportunities of growth and inclusive development and a more transparent and accountable administration that will restore confidence in the people for the Government.  He said his government is committed to give to the people clean and transparent administrative machinery free of corruption and nepotism.

In his message to the people of the State on the occasion of the 69th Independence Day, the Chief Minister said the Govt intends to undertake infrastructural upgradation in the State which would not only make up for the losses suffered during the deluge of 2014, but also make the State as one of the developed ones on the National canvas. He hoped that the present government will achieve all the set targets that have been mentioned in the coalition’s Agenda of the Alliance

Outlining his vision and ideas for the State, Mufti Sayeed said he has dreamed of a State which is peaceful, prosperous and democratic. He said the edifice of this concept was laid during his earlier tenure in 2002-2005 and now is the time to realize the dream and make Jammu and Kashmir an abode of peace, development, progress and tranquility. He said the fractured mandate of last assembly elections provided an opportunity for a more cohesive approach towards development needs and growth aspirations of the people of all the three regions of the State.

Describing the Cross –LOC trade and travel as one of the most significant CBMs between India and Pakistan, the Chief Minister said however, several issues including extending the telecommunication and banking facilities to the people have to be focused and sorted out in the Joint Working Group meetings between India and Pakistan.

Mufti Sayeed said education, health, agriculture, horticulture and power sectors remain the Coalition Government’s top most priority and various initiatives have been taken to give new fillip to these sectors. Similarly, he said in the health sector, directions have been issued to upgrade at least two health institutions in each constituency, one as Mother and Child Centre and another as a Model Hospital, so that we provide instant relief to the most vulnerable segment of the society right at their door steps. He added, by posting specialist doctors and paramedic staff and equipping our healthcare institutions with advanced machinery, we will be able to reduce referrals to our tertiary institutes.

The Chief Minister said the Union Government has sanctioned new Medical Colleges to be established at Baramulla, Anantnag, Doda and Kathua and Rajouri in the State and the land acquisition process for these has already begun.

Mufti Sayeed said strenuous efforts have been put in place to fill in vacant posts in the Government sector by making the J&K Public Service Commission and Services Selection Board fully functional. He said recruiting agencies have been directed to fast track the process of recruitment and also a new recruitment Policy to speed up filling up of vacancies has been framed. To fill up vacancies in Police, he said a Transparent Recruitment Process (TRP) for filling up posts of constables has been initiated on a fast-track basis. In the coming days, he said, around 4,000 vacancies of constables are scheduled to be advertised by the Police Department for recruitment under TRP.

Mufti Sayeed said improvement and widening of the National Highway has also been fast tracked. Tenders have already been floated for the Banihal – Udhampur section of the National Highway and work on the stretch shall start soon. He said the government has also taken up the issue of declaring Mughal Road as an alternate Highway with the Union Government, along with developing the Kishtwar-Simthan-Anantnag road as an alternate route. He welcomed the Centre’s decision regarding sanctioning of Rs. 25000 crore for National Highway Project in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Chief Minister said unfortunately the previous dispensation left us empty coffers along with a huge liability of over Rs. 9000 crore. He said they had taken up works without adhering to codal norms, which has damaged the economy of the State. In order to clear liabilities inherited from the previous regime, the present government has reserved 1/3rd component within the Capital Expenditure Plans in each district to defray these liabilities in a phased manner. 

Mufti Sayeed said as we near completion of one year of the deadly deluge that shattered thousands of lives, the government is committed to compensate each and every victim. To ameliorate the sufferings of victim families, he said Government has provided a start up incentive to un-insured destitute and small-time traders for revival of their business. He further added that the present dispensation is committed to resurrect the lives of thousands of victims who saw their homes washed away in the floods in which over 2 Lakh houses were damaged. He said although compensation under SDRF and PMNRF norms has been provided to the victims, the Government has promised them additional financial assistance so that they are able to rebuild their houses. Similarly, he said, we have promised additional compensation to 75000 business units who suffered extensive damage in the floods.

In order to ensure that the havoc of 2014 doesn’t visit us again, the Chief Minister said that the government is pursuing with Centre a Comprehensive Flood Protection and Management Programme so that the State is fully prepared to meet future challenges of weather, especially floods. We are also specially focussing on construction of an alternate flood channel from Dogripora to Wullar, he said.

Mufti Sayeed said there is a  need to bring into limelight yet unexplored destinations like Aharbal, Kokernag, Veerinag, Yusmarg, Lolab and Dodpathri so that tourists are able to see the full charms of the Kashmir Valley beyond Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Dal Lake and the Mughal gardens.

The Chief Minister said to develop and beautify the Srinagar and Jammu cities, the Government has taken up several projects including Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex, Tawi Artificial Lake, Multi Storey Parking facility at Panjtirthi, Bagh-e-Bahu to Panjtirthi Cable Car Project, Circular road and new Housing Colony for Jammu and Srinagar cities, Badamwari to Hari Parbat Cable Car Project, bringing shrines in Srinagar on the heritage tourism map besides developing Hokersar as a tourist destination.

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