Indo-Pak relations have a direct bearing on the peace and development of Jammu and Kashmir and restoration of talks between the two countries bodes well for the state, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said.
"Indo-Pak relations have direct bearing on the peace and development of Jammu and Kashmir. We express hope that the restoration of dialogue process between the two countries would be carried on to the logical end," Omar said while addressing a public gathering in Darhal area of Rajouri district.
The chief minister said peace was pre-requisite to economic prosperity and all round development. "You have witnessed the benefits of a peaceful 2011 in the shape of economic activities and development across the state," he said.
Omar said that his government was wholeheartedly involved in the resolution of day-to-day problems of the people, making justice and equitable development benchmark of governance.
"History is witness to the path breaking and innovative initiatives taken by our coalition government in the state on political and development fronts to restore peace and march ahead on road to prosperity," he said.
He listed major achievements registered during the last three years in the state by his dispensation with special reference to the comprehensive development in the sectors relating to the delivery of basic amenities to the people.
The chief minister said that peace and progress with a thrust on creation of job opportunities is the endeavour of NC-Congress alliance.
"The next three years will witness further fillip and fast tracking of development in the state," Omar said.
Meanwhile, taking a dig at Opposition People's Democratic Party, Omar alleged that it diverted people's attention from the "large scale" development process initiated by his government, and accused it of "selling" the good deeds of others in their own name.
"Self praising and slogan raising has remained characteristics of this party (PDP) since its inception. This party (PDP) is habitual of selling the good deeds of others in their own name," Omar said.
Citing example of opening of Uri-Muzaffarabad road, the Chief Minister said the leadership of the party (PDP) is still selling the initiative under their brand name. "Same is case with so many other initiatives," he added.
He claimed that it was his government which constituted State Accountability Commission, strengthened Accountability Commission and brought in Public Service Guarantee Act to check corruption at all levels.
He said adding that the party "miserably" failed to deliver on its own when it was at the helm in the state.
Omar said peace and progress with a thrust on creation of economic activities and job opportunities is the endeavour of NC-Congress alliance.
"The next three years will witness further fillip and fast tracking of development in the state," he said.
He said the government functionaries have been made responsible for delivery of services in a time bound manner to the consumers.
On the development of Darhal area, Omar said that during the last three years over Rs 8.35 crores have been spent in the area for education.
18 new primary schools have been opened, three middle schools upgraded to high schools level, 40 primary schools upgraded to middle schools level besides regularising 180 Rehber-e-Taleem teachers. Another Rs 90 lakhs are being spent on Darhal schools for up-gradation of infrastructure, Omar said.
Omar said he will work out sanctioning of Rs 2.40 crore Grid Station at Raqeeba in Darhal area.
He said another project for tourism development costing Rs 8 crores is also in the pipeline for Darhal.
On demand for a degree college at Darhal, Omar said that the college for the area would be actively considered in the next lot of colleges to be sanctioned for more areas in the State.
Omar also paid obeisance at the shrine of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah, popularly known as Shahdara Sharief, situated on a hillock amidst Pir Panchal range about 6.5 km from Thana Mandi on Rajouri-Poonch road.
He laid foundation of Baitul Zaireen and other allied works at Shahdara Sharief.
Indo-Pak Relations Have Direct Bearing on J&K: Omar
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