Speedy development can offset loss during unrest in Kashmir: CM

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday asked senior officials to put in vigorous effort for realising the development targets and offsetting the losses suffered during the prolonged unrest in the Valley.

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah on Monday asked senior officials to put in vigorous
effort for realising the development targets and offsetting the
losses suffered during the prolonged unrest in the Valley.

"There is still scope to make up the losses incurred due
to disturbances in the physical and financial target
realisation," he said at a meeting of Administrative
Secretaries here.
"While, the smooth functioning in the Secretariat is
important to clear schemes and give administrative approvals
to the works, the field visits of top level officers are
imperative for monitoring the progress and ensuring judicious
expenditure," Omar said as he directed the officials to
make field visits a regular part of their work-schedule.

The Chief Minister emphasised the need to maintain
quality of work even in achieving tough targets.

He said people expect his government to address
their grievances and to reach out to every nook and corner of
the state.

He also directed the administrative secretaries to
expedite employment of 45,000 youth in various departments
under the new job initiative announced by his government.

"I want fast and successful implementation of
Sher-i-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth," he
stressed.

He told the Commissioner and Secretary General
Administration Department to arrange meetings of employees`
union leaders with the Cabinet Sub-Committee looking after 6th
pay commission benefits to the government employees.

"We have formulated a roadmap of providing 50 per cent
arrears to the employees but it needs further discussion and
interaction with leaders of employees soon in an amicable
atmosphere," he said.
Through video conferencing, Omar reviewed the development
and law and order situation in the Valley.

He directed the District Development Commissioners (DDCs)
to put in vigorous efforts for making up for the losses
incurred on realisation of development targets due to
disturbances in the Valley.

"Without compromising on quality of work I would like
you to make every effort for spending the money on the works
purposefully and meaningfully," he said.

Omar asked them to formulate an action plan for extending
academic session in the Valley during the winter months, for
which, he said, proper heating system would be ensured
in the schools.

The Chief Minister suggested holding public darbars by
the DDCs to address issues raised by the people immediately.

He said adequate arrangements should be made for
the forthcoming Eid-ul-Azha festival so that people do not
face problems in getting essential commodities.

The Chief Minister said that he would continuously
monitor the development scenario of each district through
video conferences as also strengthen his usual practice of
making field visits and interacting with people.

On the relevance of video conferencing, Omar said,
"Moving of offices to Jammu should not deprive people of the
Valley and Leh and Kargil of the constant attention of the
administration."

PTI

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