Omar holds interactions with people in Baramulla

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah held interactions with the public for the second consecutive day today, meeting citizens in Baramulla district.

Updated: Jul 05, 2010, 19:23 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah held interactions with the public for the second
consecutive day today, meeting citizens in Baramulla district
which witnessed violence last week and seeking their support
in weeding out "anti-people" elements.

After meeting prominent citizens and members of the civil
society in the city yesterday, 40-year-old Omar travelled to
Baramulla, 55 kms from here, and met some 300 people. He
discussed the difficulties being faced by them.

The people spoke about the problems related to
cross-border trade and streamlining some of the facilities to
which the Chief Minister assured them that a well-placed
mechanism would be put in place.

"I am here to work for the people who have voted my
government to power. We are here for you people and committed
to eradicating all miseries being faced by you," Omar said.

He assured that all benefit of the government schemes
will reach people at the grass-root level.

Saddened by the recent violence in North Kashmir which
led to death of three people, he said, "My government has been
elected and not selected. I am here to seek cooperation of my
elders to weed out vested interests from the system so that we
can fulfil our dream of a new Kashmir."

"The times have been difficult but we have neither lost
hope nor the courage to fight these elements who like to see
Kashmir burning," the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister said while his government tried to
give uplift to the state economy, these disturbances are
pushing the state down in terms of development.

"I want every shikarawala, every small scale handicraft
manufacturer to get benefit but some anti-people elements are
hell bent on disturbing it," he said and added "however, my
government is committed to weed out these elements and throw
them away forever."

Omar also assured the citizens that people-to-people
contact across the border will be increased. "I am here to
assure you that your genuine demands will be taken to the
appropriate fora for early redressal."

Some journalists approached the premises where Omar was
meeting the citizens. The scribes claimed that they were not
allowed inside the venue.

However, officials in the CMO said the journalists were
told that they could attend the meeting but there would be no
question-answer session inside and they could wait for him to
come out. This was not acceptable to the journalists.

PTI