Centre keen to see J&K progressing: Seth
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Last Updated: Monday, October 24, 2011, 19:01
Srinagar: A central team led by Union Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth on Monday assured the Jammu and Kashmir government of full support for comprehensive development of the state.

"Union government is keen to see Jammu and Kashmir progressing in all sectors. We assure full central support to the state for comprehensive development," Seth said chairing the joint meeting of Union Secretaries and State Administrative Secretaries here.

The meeting came hours after Seth met Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and discussed issues pertaining to economic development in the state.

"During the meeting (between Omar and Seth), matters relating to the flagship programmes and centrally-sponsored schemes came up for a detailed discussion," an official spokesman said after the meeting.

The Chief Minister said this year's peaceful summer had resulted in a highly successful tourist season, particularly in the Valley.

It also contributed to fast-tracking development works and reaching out the benefits of the schemes to people across the state, Omar said.

On holding of peaceful, free and fair panchayat elections in the state this year, after a gap of about 30 years, he said the government was committed to establishing a powerful panchayat system.

"All the three levels of Panchayat Raj will be made functional over the next couple of months," he said.

The Chief Minister said the state government was determined to hold elections to urban local bodies during the current financial year to ensure the transfer of powers at grassroot level and active association of the people with the development process.

The central team arrived here yesterday and had a detailed discussion with Governor N N Vohra on the internal and external security management of the state, the spokesman said.


First Published: Monday, October 24, 2011, 14:58

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