Mehbooba for revival of political reconciliation, economic rejuvenation

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JAMMU: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and Member Parliament, Mehbooba Mufti Friday urged the country’s leadership to revive the process of political reconciliation and economic rejuvenation in Jammu and Kashmir reiterating her party’s resolve “to usher the State into an era of peace, stability and prosperity.”

“The mandate of the 2014 Assembly elections has not only come as a challenge, but there lies a huge opportunity in it,” she said. “The opportunity, as I see in it, is to bridge the inter-regional and intra-regional divide and carry the people of all the regions and sub-regions together towards peace, stability and prosperity.”

The mandate, she said, came with fresh responsibilities and expectations: “Our government stands by its commitment to fight for the people’s cause and to bring a qualitative improvement in their lives.”

Mehbooba said that the results of the tangible initiatives on developmental, social and economic fronts set into motion by the Government will be visible on the ground soon.

She said the government successfully broke the inertia that had crept into the administration at various levels due to the non-functioning of the previous NC-Congress regime. “The weeding out of the deadwood is one of the initiatives taken by the government to bring the sluggish administration back on rails,” the PDP leader said.

“Most of the administrative structure in the State is more than eager to deliver,” she said. “It is only due to the lack of a responsive and responsible leadership at the political level that institutional degradation had become rampant during the past six years.

“With the taking over of the present Government under the visionary leadership of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the administration has also started responding to and implementing the new initiatives with sincerity of purpose so that the people on the ground feel the change,” she said.

To meet the unemployment crises, she said the government has already put in place a new recruitment policy and around 40000 vacancies in civil and police administration are being filled up by the recruiting agencies in a transparent manner during next five to six months.

Mehbooba said the government has initiated various pioneering measures in social, education, health, road communication, power, rural development and other key sectors to give a fillip to the infrastructure and create productive assets on the ground, which had taken a massive hit  in September 2014 floods.  “To bring the weaker sections of the society including destitute and widows under the social and financial security net, the government has launched two notable schemes – Aasra and Laadli,” she said and added that the features of these schemes have already been publicized through media and deserving people must take full advantage of these welfare measures.

The healthcare would witness a major overhaul in the coming years: “Besides five new medical colleges coming up in the State, a maternity and a model hospital would be provided in each constituency to provide healthcare facilities to the people at their doorstep,” she said. “Similarly in rural development sector, a community hall would be constructed in each constituency.

Regarding rations, Mehbooba said the government has started already started distribution of rations as per the fresh survey covering additional 6.70 lakh families with around 40 lakh souls.

She said through a significant decision, the Government has brought down the electricity charges by reducing electricity duty rate from the existing 22% to 10% in respect of all consumers. “In another measure, the govt has also ordered waiver of 100% surcharge on outstanding electricity bills as on 1st August 2015,” she said.

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