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Shun violence and respect constitution, don’t make Kashmir a religious issue:CM

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Jammu : With her Government under fire from the opposition over the Law and Order situation in the Valley,Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday urged the people of the state to shun the path of violence and respect the Indian Constitution.
“Hum J&K constitution ko, mulk ki constitution ko nahi maante, to kis ko maante hain?Fir aapko milne waala kya hai?Kahan se milega? Mai aaj record pe ye baat laana chahti hun-J&K ke jo bhi log hain- jo milne waala hai isi mulq se milega aur kahin se kuch nahi milega (If we are not agreeing with the J&K constitution and Indian constitution, then what do we believe in?..What would you gain from such a stance? Today, I would like to bring on record that the people of the state would gain from only India and not from anywhere else),” Mufti was quoted as saying by ANI.
The chief minister added that her state’s assembly is the most empowered one in the country. “Ours is the most empowered assembly in the country. Goods & Services Tax was implemented in the entire nation at once except J&K where it was implemented only after proper debate in this assembly,” she said.
Mufti further said that she wants to put it on record that whatever people of J&K would get, they would get it only from India and nowhere else.
‘Ek jo political issue hai, usko religious issue ki tarah hijack na kiya jaaye. Mulq mein kya ho raha hai, kya nahin ho raha hai, magar hamari alliance mein harmony hai. Itna accha lagta hai jab subah mandir ki ghanti, uske baad azaan or din ko gurbani sunti hun’
This comes days after Mufti, in an open plea, requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan to bury the hatchet and become friends for the sake of local Kashmiris and jawans on the border.
“Sarhad paar Pakistan ko bhi main guzarish karti hun, apne mulk ke wazire-e-azam ko bhi guzarish karti hun- Jammu Kashmir ke logon ko is daldal se nikalne ke liye, hamare jawano ki hifazat ke liye, aapas me sulah karo, baatcheet karo, dosti karo (I request Pakistanis across the border and my country’s Prime Minister to help the people of Jammu and Kashmir come out of this mess and protect our jawans by finding solutions, holding dialogues and becoming friends),” said Mufti while addressing a rally in Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Sunday.
Ours is the most empowered assembly in the country. Goods & Services Tax (GST) was implemented in the entire nation at once except J&K where it was implemented only after proper debate in this assembly: Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in J&K assembly
The Chief Minister in her reply to the Governors address also said that care has to be taken that Kashmir issue is not highlighted a religious issue as religious diversity is the strength of people of Jammu & Kashmir. She also welcomed Farooq Abdullah’s remark in which he (Farooq) said ” Narendra Modi the incumbent Prime Minister commanding absolute majority in the parliamentary can resolve Kashmir issue.
Touching upon the issue of the rising tendency of youth to join the militant ranks Mehbooba said Burhani Wani was the creation of the previous regime but care has to be taken the youth taking violent path don’t become a challenge for the governments in future. She said Kashmiri for which Kashmir is known is visible in Kashmir and missing in Jammu and alleged that opposition parties are talking different languages in Srinagar and Jammu.
Saying that the incumbent government is setting up AIIMS in Srinagar in Jammu Chief Minister said ” late Sheikh Mohammad built up SKIMS in Kashmir but no such institute in Jammu”. She welcomed the remarks of former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for acknowledging the performance of the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed led PDP-Congress coalition government and credited the achievements of then Mufti government in Jammu & Kashmir to the friendly gestures of then Prime Minister Attal Bihari Vajpayee, She recalled the historical steps taken by then Prime Minister Vajpayee including his bus ride to Lahore and repeated military adventures including war in Kargil. Regretting the increasing tendency of youth for taking to violent paths she hoped a scholar who has joined militant ranks will pay heed to the calls of return made to him by his colleagues and the family. She said that as regards the issue of political engagement government can’t force people to come forward for talks but Dineshwar Sharma appointed with a cabinet secretary rank the highest position in the country’s bureaucracy would get encouraging responses from the people who have refused to talk to him so for. Exuding confidence that the recent meeting between the National Security Advisors (NSAs) of India and Pakistan would mark the beginning of a new phase of cordiality between the two countries the Chief Minister said that stability in Indo-Pak relations would bring a perceptible change in the security and political scenario of Jammu & Kashmir.
She claimed that regularization of 60,000 casual labours is the biggest welfare measure of her government and alleged that previous government had exploited youth in the name of employment and taken huge bribes from them for the temporary engagements. Touching upon the purposes of her political outreach initiative the Chief Minister said that she during public darbars took on board the MLAs of the opposition parties and exhorted officers to work overtime for fully implementing the decisions and programs of the government in next two years. She said Panchayat elections to be conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner would further speed up the process of development.


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Govt all set to revamp loss making PSUs in JK

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Srinagar, Oct 16: Jammu and Kashmir government is all set to revamp the functioning of loss making public sector undertakings (PSUs) in a bid to make them profit earning corporations.

Most of the public sector undertakings (corporations) in Jammu and Kashmir are running in losses and have become a major burden on the state exchequer. 

Centre has now told Jammu Kashmir government to take measures for making the PSUs into profit making corporations.

 

“Under a new proposal, all the public sector undertakings will work under the Industrial Development Corporation which will be headed by Chief Managing Director, who shall be an IAS level officer. Each corporation will be headed by Executive Director,” said a Managing Director of one of the corporations.

According to him, Centre has also told the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide details of employees, assets, and liabilities of corporations.

“Once the details are finalised, the government may merge few of the corporations and take measures for making them profit earning corporations,” he added.

As per an official document, the Centre has also told the J&K government to provide details about board of directors in corporations.

“The government will appoint new board of directors in several corporations like it did recently in JK Bank. There will be further changes in corporations in coming weeks,” a source said.

The government has already directed the corporations not to make any recruitment or initiate works without the concurrence of the Finance Department. 

“No new posts shall be created by the PSUs, autonomous bodies, without the prior concurrence of Finance department. No recruitment shall be made by public sector undertakings, without following a transparent and due process including advertisements inviting applications from eligible candidates irrespective of class of the posts,” an order reads, issued earlier.

As per the directives, no procurement of goods and services shall be made by the public sector undertakings, autonomous bodies, societies aided by state government without following a transparent bidding process.

“Further, PSU, autonomous bodies, societies are instructed to undertake the changes as may be required in their bye-laws, regulations with the approval of competent authority,” the order adds.

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Separatism must be uprooted from JK: Modi

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Haryana, Oct 15:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that his government will stop water flowing to Pakistan and divert it to Haryana as it rightfully belongs to the country and the farmers of the state.

“For 70 years, water that belonged to Haryana’s farmers and to us flowed to Pakistan…But this Modi will stop that water and bring it to your house. I have already started working on it. The water belongs to India and farmers of Haryana…That is why Modi is fighting this for you,” he said at an election rally here.

 Referring to J&K, the PM said that “separatism must be uprooted” from the state.

 

He made the statement while hitting out at the rival Congress party over Article 370, while addressing an election campaign here.

“They (Congress) are creating hullabaloo over Article 370 across the world. Politics continues, elections come and go, victory and loss happen. But national security remains the top priority. Till when terrorism and separatism will prevail in J&K? Till when brave soldiers will be martyred?” he said.

“Today, we are taking tough and big public interest decisions regarding humanity. The phase of separatism must end, the lives of young people should not be destroyed, mothers should not be bereaved of her son,” he added.

In August, the government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and also divided the state into two union territories- J&K and Ladakh.

The Prime Minister continued: “We see a mother from Kashmir performing ‘namaaz’ 5 times a day & bowing her head before ‘Allah’, to call back her son from joining militancy. I want to ask Congress leaders, should not such mothers get their sons back?”

He said that irrespective of the Congress’ stand on Article 370, the government will take decisions in the national interest without a second thought.

Modi reiterated that the abrogation of Article 370 led to the integration of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country, saying the region would now see fast-paced development and prosperity.

Modi said that the central government is making all arrangement so that people can celebrate Prakash Parv of Guru Govind Singh.

“I am happy that the Kartarpur Corridor project is about to be completed. We are fortunate that we have got the chance to fix the political & strategic failure that happened seven decades ago, to some extent,” he added.

Taking at dig previous Congress, the Prime Minister said that state governments before 2014, used to keep an eye on the vote of the farmers of Haryana and their land.

“This is the first time in the last 5 years that meaningful steps have been taken to protect the interests of the farmers of Haryana. The BJP government here has made ended scam related to the purchase of land. License for change of land use is now decided to be given through open auction,” he said.

Haryana, where 90 Assembly seats are at stake, will go to polls on October 21. The counting of votes will take place on October 24.

Lauding women for proving their mettle in various fields, Modi said that this year’s Diwali in Haryana should be dedicated to “our daughters and celebrate their achievements”.

“ We will have two types of Diwali this time. A ‘diya’ (earthen lamp) Diwali, and a ‘kamal’ (lotus) Diwali. We should dedicate this Diwali to our daughters and celebrate their achievements,” the Prime Minister said.

Urging the people to re-elect the BJP again in the ensuing Assembly elections, Modi said that the state is witnessing progress due to “double engine” of development.

“The double engine of Modi in Delhi and Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana has resulted in unprecedented development of the state,” he added.

The Prime Minister is currently in Haryana and is addressing rallies as part of BJP’s electioneering ahead of the Assembly polls.

The state will head for elections on October 21 in a single phase. Counting of votes will take place on October 24.

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Reorganisation of J&K into UTs : Countdown begins, Amit Shah to attend function

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Srinagar, Oct 15: Preparations are in full swing to celebrate the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories on October 31.

Several union ministers including Amit Shah is likely to attend a function on October 31, when Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will be officially declared union territories.

“Union Home Minister Amit Shah, his cabinet colleagues including Ravi Shankar Prasad and Jitendra Singh are also likely to attend the function, which will be held at Civil Secretariat Srinagar. Guard of honour will be presented to new Lieutenant Governor (LG),” said a source at the Civil Secretariat.

 

So far no decision has been taken whether Satya Pal Malik will be the LG of new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Government has already directed the administrative secretaries to remain available at Srinagar on October 31. Earlier, government had removed Jammu and Kashmir’s flag that was flying next to the national flag on the Civil Secretariat.

Prior to August 5, Jammu and Kashmir had its own constitution by virtue of its special status. Every legislation except in the matters related to defence, external affairs, and communications began with an exception clause that the law will apply to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir.

Post abrogation of Article 370, 164 state laws have ceased to exist in J&K. Similarly 106 central laws will be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir when it officially becomes Union Territory from November 1.

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