Omar meets PM, Sonia, Chidambaram

J&K CM Omar Abdullah held a series of meetings with central leadership, including Prime Minsiter Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, to take stock of the political and law and order situation in the state.

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011, 00:23 AM IST

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Tuesday held a series of meetings with central
leadership, including Prime Minsiter Manmohan Singh and
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, to take stock of the
political and law and order situation in the state.

During his meeting with the Prime Minister, Omar apprised
him about the steps being taken by the state government for
socio-economic development, maintainance of peace and
tranquility, holding of panchayat elections, recently-
concluded elections to Legislative Council and the prevailing
politico-economic scenario in the state.

The status and progress of the dialogue process between
the interlocutors on Kashmir and various shades of public
opinion in the state was also discussed in the meeting.

Highlighting an early resolution of Kashmir`s political
issues, Omar thanked the Prime Minister for his keen interest
in the resolution of "political issues in a political manner"
and development of Jammu and Kashmir on fast track.

The Prime Minister assured his full support to the Jammu
and Kashmir Chief Minister for peace and development
initiatives, a state government spokesman said.

Omar also underlined the need for enhancing the current
year’s plan allocations for the state to ensure equitable and
holistic development of all regions and sub-regions in the
state and stressed on early implementation of C Rangarajan
committee report to help address the unemployment problem.

During his meeting with the Congress President, Omar
discussed various issues relating to the political and
economic developments in the state and the two leaders
reviewed the functioning of Congress-National Conference
coalition and expressed satisfaction over cohesion and
coordination between the two parties in dealing with matters
of public interests and ensuring good governance.

Omar briefed Gandhi about the holding of non-party based
panchayat elections after about 30 years with a view to
transferring power to public representatives at grass roots
and also elaborated on the initiatives of the state to
transfer functions, functionaries and finances to the
newly elected panchayats.

The UPA Chairperson reiterated her full support to
Omar-led Government in addressing challenges on economic and
political fronts.

Omar also met Home Minister P Chidambaram and
deliberated on the issues pertaining to the measures aimed at
maintenance of law and order and peace in the state.

The issues relating to Dogra Certificate were also
taken stock of in the meeting.

The two leaders reviewed the peace initiatives and
measures in place to maintain law and order. Measures to curb
militancy in a coordinated manner were also discussed. Issues
pertaining to AFSPA and Disturbed Areas Act were also
deliberated upon in the meeting.

PTI