Minister for Rural Development Panchayati Raj Law and Law & Justice Abdul Haq Khan today said the government is working simultaneously on development and political fronts to address the problems of Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking during a public interaction at Kupwara, the Minister said that peace is imperative for development and the state and the central government are working in tandem to resolve all pending issues and bring sustainable peace and prosperity to the state.
Abdul Haq said the present dispensation headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, has been taking all steps needed to carry forward the philosophy of healing touch as introduced by late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to ensure peace, prosperity and sustainable development in the state with dignity of the common masses intact.
He said the revival of the internal dialogue mechanism and the subsequent announcement of amnesty to the first time offenders involved in street protests reflects the government’s commitment to move on the path of reconciliation, peace and resolution. “It is a part of the continued effort for rehabilitation of the victims of violence. These initiatives would go a long way in changing the narrative towards reconciliation and resolution with the full support from the Central Government,” he said adding that the government has a consistent policy towards the peace and reconciliation and protection of human rights in the State.
He said the Government is fully committed to provide all basic facilities to people of the state especially in rural areas and development works are taking place in every corner of the state and the central government is providing wholehearted support for the purpose.
Earlier the Minister dedicated to the public the additional renovated building of Govt BHS Takipora.
The function was attended by the ADC Kupwara, Yar Ali Khan, Chief Education Officer M S War other dignitaries from different departments with huge participation of locals.
The Minister also released annual school magazine Lol-a-Agur of BHS Takipora.
Responding to the demands raised by local population, minister said the road network in Lolab constituency from Khumriyal to Rang is in widening process and Rs 36 crore have been approved under CRF and more areas would be connected in coming years. He said drinking water facilities would also be provided to all areas of the constituency through different schemes.
The Minister impressed upon the educated unemployed youth to get trained in different skills so that they would be able to earn their livelihood. He said government has accommodated the Self Help Groups under Umeed scheme for skill development and placements within the state and Rs 1600 crore have been earmarked under the scheme.
Referring the augmentation of power infra the Minister assured the public of Lolab that 3 Receiving Stations are under upgradation process while the sub stations LT HT lines and transformers are being provided to the area within the current month while the under construction Water Reservoir Tanks would be utilized for drinking water purposes in the Lolab area. He sought full co operation from the public for fulfillment of their genuine demands.
Neither single shot has been fired nor has anyone died in Kashmir: Amit Shah
Allaying concerns over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that neither a single shot has been fired nor has anyone died there till now and asserted that there is peace in the valley.
“From August 5 till now, we did not have to fire a single shot and not even a single person has died. There is peace in Kashmir,” said he said at an event here. .
Last month, Parliament had passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganization) Act, 2019, bifurcating the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with legislature and Ladakh without it.
The BJP chief said that many people had called the surgical strikes in 2016, a “fluke”,but they now “certify” the country’s defence policies after it revoked the provisions of Article 370.
“Even though surgical and airstrikes give immense joy to the people, taking such decisions needs immense courage. The airstrikes changed the way the world looks at us now,’ Shah added.
Shah also took a dig at the erstwhile Congress government and said that during their tenure, there used to be news of corruption every day, borders were insecure, soldiers were beheaded, women felt unsafe and people protested on the roads every day.
“A government was running where every minister considered himself as Prime Minister but did not look at the actual Prime Minister as one,” he scoffed.
Shah said that unlike the erstwhile government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government never took any decision for “vote bank” but rather for the benefit of the people.
“Some governments work for 30 years and take one big decision, but our government worked for five years and took over 50 major decisions, including GST, demonetisation, airstrikes, etc. No one else dared take it during their tenure,” said the Union Minister.
Shah said that India is growing economically, adding that the agriculture sector and the per capita income are also increasing. “We are progressing towards becoming a $5 trillion economy and I am confident that it will happen before 2024,” he added.(ANI)
Governor Satya Pal Malik calls on PM
New Delhi, September 16: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in the state.
Normal life remained affected in the Kashmir Valley for the 43rd consecutive day on Monday.
“Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called on PM @narendramodi,” the prime minister’s office tweeted.
Malik is believed to have apprised Modi about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.
The two UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will come into existence on October 31.
While security forces have eased restrictions in many parts of the Valley, normal life continues to be affected as business establishments remained shut and only a few vehicles plied on the roads.
Advisor Sharma for fast pacing clearances required for PDD schemes
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: Advisor to Governor KK Sharma today directed for early clearances including Right of Works (RoW) so that the pace of implementation of various schemes meant for augmentation of electric infra in the state are paced up.
The Advisor was speaking at a meeting convened to discuss the issues/bottlenecks related to non completion of some part works of various flagship schemes in the PDD sector.
Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, Financial Commissioner Finance Arun Kumar Mehta, Commissioner Secretary PDD, PCCF Forest, Chief Engineer PDD and other senior officers were present.
Divisional Commissioner Mr Baseer Khan, DCs of Ganderbal, Bandipora and other senior officers of District Baramulla and Budgam also participated through video conferencing.
The Advisor directed the Divisional Commissioner to ensure that the bottlenecks in the execution of these works should be removed as early as possible so that the balance work on these can be completed and the schemes are closed. He said that a mechanism should also be worked out to ensure that the issues related to RoWs and land acquisitions are addressed.
The Advisor said that the completion of left over works of some schemes is essential for realizing the commitment of providing adequate and round the clock supply of uninterrupted power. He said that the officers of the PDD should also remain in close coordination with those of district and divisional administration so that the issues are sorted out in regular review meetings.
The meeting discussed the bottlenecks to be cleared for execution of balance works of Zainakot-Alesteng Transmission Line and Grid Station Alesteng and that of Badampora-Bandipora Transmission Line and Grid Station Bandipora so that they can be completed within the targeted dates in the month of October. Necessary directions were passed to the concerned Deputy Commissioners and PCCF to ensure that the bottlenecks related to payment for compensation and land issues are settled at an earliest.
Earlier, Chairman State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) Lokesh Jha called on the Advisor and discussed several issues related to the functioning of the Commission.
The Advisor also discussed various power related issues with the Chairman SERC.