Determined for equitable development of J&K: Omar

The Chief Minister said the government was fully aware of difficulties of people living in "bad pockets and inaccessible areas".

Updated: Sep 11, 2011, 17:41 PM IST

Drass (Kargil): Jammu and Kashmir Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said his government is striving
for equitable development of all regions of the state and the
amelioration of general public is the most important part of
the development policy.

"Our government is determined for equitable development
of all regions of the state. We have focused specifically on
the holistic progress of far-flung and remote areas," Omar
said addressing a public gathering here this afternoon.

The Chief Minister said the government was fully aware of
difficulties of people living in "bad pockets and inaccessible
areas". Considerable attention is being paid to address their
development needs and mitigate problems, he said.

"My Government has sensitised the administration at all
levels about the necessity of reaching out to people in all
areas on the development front," he said, adding that the new
initiatives and measures introduced during the last two and
a half years are yielding visible results on the ground.

Omar said Panchayat elections have paved the way in this
direction making grassroot democratic institutions units of
power and decision making.

"This would also give a new direction to the development
process and help in launch of area specific works as per the
needs and aspirations of the people," he added.

The Chief Minister said for opening of remote and
far-flung areas for wide-ranging economic activities and
generation of job opportunities, the government has flagged
construction, development and upgradation of road
communication sector as one of the topmost priorities.

"While construction of new roads is being taken up under
the PMGSY, major roads and bridges are taken in hand under CRF
and other schemes under implementation in the State," he
added. Underlining the need of the tunnel at Zojila, Omar said
the state government is vigorously pursuing the Union Ministry
of Surface Transport for construction of various tunnels in
the state to link up remote areas and help in building a
dependable road communication sector in the state.

He said 50 development schemes at the cost of Rs 80 crore
are being implemented in Kargil district through NABARD
funding while Rs 40 crore is being spent on construction of 38
new roads in the district to connect 27 inaccessible villages
with main roads and provide upgraded road network to many more
villages.

He said Rs 13 crore is being spent in Kargil district on
the development of education.

The Chief Minister released Rs 1.50 crore for upgradation
and improvement of the Sub-District Hospital, Drass. He said
universalisation of modern health care facilities all across
the state especially in backward areas is the priority of the
government.

Omar said the Centre has approved Rs 1,300 crore
transmission line from Srinagar to Leh which would help in a
big way to improve the power transmission and distribution in
the region.

He said feasibility of establishing two power stations at
Drass is also being analysed so that work on these projects is
started.

Omar said the Government has transferred the first
instalment of powers to the panchayats to enable them carry
forward development in the areas under their jurisdiction and
actively participate in formulation of plans for launch of new
works in various sectors.

The Chief Minister also laid foundation of the Rs
40-crore Council Secretariat at Kargil which will also house
the complex for the District Development Commissioner and
district officers besides a residential complex and a hostel
for Councillors.

Omar also laid the foundation of 200-bed Super Speciality
Hospital at Khurbathang estimated to cost Rs 50 crore.

PTI