Dividends of peace now visible in J&K: Omar
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Last Updated: Monday, April 09, 2012, 20:43
Jammu: Noting that dividends of peace in the shape of revival of economic activities and tourism are now visible on the ground across J&K, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday cautioned the people against elements "bent upon creating wedge" between various sections of society.

Addressing a big public gathering at Purmandal in Samba district, Omar stressed that peace is pre-requisite to create stability and address issues amicably.

"We have seen the desperation and destruction caused by disturbance and violence. We have also seen the benefits of prevailing peace in the state since last year," he said asking the people to contribute in maintaining tranquillity so that the state moves on the road to progress and prosperity firmly.

The Chief Minister said that his government has also percolated peace benefits to the people in the shape of softening of the provisions of Acts like PSA. "We are also working for removing other laws imposed owing to the disturbance and violence," he said.

Omar also asked the people to maintain communal amity and brotherhood under all circumstances. "Many elements are bent upon creating wedge between various sections of the society.

People should be cautious against these elements and strengthen the bonds of harmony and love."

Omar said that the transfer of power from Secretariat to the public representatives has been an important concern of his government.

"Establishment of Panchayat Raj, Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA); Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir State Right to Information Commission and strengthening of Accountability Commission are initiatives in this direction", he said.

He said the process of constitution of block panchayat and district panchayat councils has been set in motion and this would be finalised soon after the Legislative Council seats reserved for panchayats are filled from amongst the panchayat members. "We are committed to a full-fledged three-tier panchayat system in the state," he said.

Omar said that enactment of PSGA is an innovative legislation aimed at time bound public service delivery and reduction of corruption at lower level.

He said that the government has flagged comprehensive development of farmers and rural populace as an important aspect in the state's development policy.

"We have initiated various measures to give necessary fillip to agriculture," he said adding that this sector has been made free from all taxes in the current year’s Budget.

"Similarly, government is keen to alleviate rural poverty and bring villages on par with towns and cities so far as availability of basic amenities and other development matters are concerned," he said.

On Kandi development, the Chief Minister said that government is working on a project to irrigate parched areas in Samba district by constructing an irrigation canal.

"My government has decided to spend 10 percent of the water charges collected from power companies for enhancing irrigation facilities in the Kandi areas", he said adding that the state has collected some Rs 500 crore water charges so far and Rs 50 crore would be used for the construction of Kandi Canal out of this amount.

The Chief Minister said that the development of agro-based Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector is being encouraged along with the economic activities relating to the rearing of cattle.

He said state is the highest consumer of mutton and chicken in the country. "We have greater opportunities of harnessing this sector", he said, adding imports from outside the state are showing a gradual decline.

Speaking on the occasion Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather highlighted the efficacy of Pubic Service Guarantee Act in making the service delivery prompt and reducing the chances of corruption.

He said that Chief Minister has directed for bringing more public services under ambit of Act, adding clearance of passport cases & issuance of character certificate by police department for employment are also being brought under Act.


First Published: Monday, April 09, 2012, 20:43

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