JAMMU: Lavishing all praise on Prime Minister, Mr.. Atal Behari Vajpayee for his sincere efforts to solve waxed Kashmir problem, Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah today said that only a sincere and matured leader like Mr. Vajpayee can solve the problem which became a bone of contention between two neighbouring countries of South Asia.
Addressing Prize distribution function of the "Keep Jammu Clean Programme" launched jointly by the Jammu Municipality and Jammu and Kashmir Bank at Press Club this evening, Chief Minister said that war was no solution of the problem. He reiterated his oft-repeated suggestion that Line of Control (LoC) should be converted into International Border to bring peace in the sub-continent.
"We are entering into a new millennium and need of the hour is to stop this blood-shed and violence", an emotional Chief Minister said and hoped that new Government at Centre would take some positive step to stop this blood-shed.
Pointing towards the out-come of the Exit Polls, Chief Minister said that it was good for the country if a strong leader gives leadership to the nation in the new millennium.
Praising Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee for his sincere steps to bring peace in the sub-continent, Dr Farooq Abdullah said after Nehru it was only Mr. Vajpayee who is sincere in solving problems confronting the country.
Expressing his anguish over the growing terrorism in different parts of the world, Chief Minister said that religious terrorism and intolerance will be main threat in the new century. He said that those who had been supporting terrorism were now bearing brunt of the militancy.
Pointing towards increasing militant activities in the United State of America, Dr Abdullah hoped that World Policeman now play an important role in containing militancy in the world. "Countries like Egypt, Nigeria and Sudan which have been patronising terrorism are now facing militancy in their land".
Launching a scathing attack on Hurriyat Conference for unleashing a rein of terror in State, Chief Minister asserted that they (Hurriyat leaders) would not be allowed, any more, to exploit the religious sentiments of the people. "For the last three years we have been watching their activities but now we have decided to teach them a lesson", he said and declared that Hurriyat leaders would be sent to the Jodhpur jail.
"They can kill me but they cant take Kashmir. If one Farooq goes another Farooq will come to protect the Mother Land", he said and asserted that Government would not allow Hurriyat leaders to accomplish their evil designs.
"I will break their back-bone to protect the integrity of the nation", he asserted.
Coming down heavily on APHC leaders for threatening people against participating in democratic process, Dr Farooq Abdullah said that being a democrat he would take every step to protect norms of democracy.
The Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Mr. M Y Khan has assured full cooperation to the Jammu Municipality even after the end of the joint cleanliness drive launched in the city.
He assured Mr. Jandial that the bank has decided to use one percent of its total net profit for such purposes and every possible help will be rendered to the Municipality in coming times.
Earlier, Mr. K B Jandial, Administrator, Jammu Municipality briefed the Chief Minister about the special drive launched to clean Jammu city with the cooperation of Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd.
Mr. Jandial said that with the introduction of this system, Jammu has become the fourth city in India to have night scavenging facility. He further said that it was an experiment which has suited both to Jammu Municipality and local populace. But, he expressed his concern over non-cooperative attitude of the shopkeepers, who have still adopted the old practice of pushing the garbage on the road in the morning.
Speaking on the financial constraint in Jammu Municipality, Mr. Jandial said that there was monthly short fall of Rs 10 lakh against the salary bills, who has now crossed Rs one crore. He urged the Chief Minister to release total salary bill, so that salaries could be disbursed among the employees.
The judges, who after witnessing the working on all the four routes divided among four different teams. Messrs Ashok Honda, Dr Arun Gupta and Mr. J S Chowhan were judges.
The winners team was given gifts by the Chief Minister and mementos were given to the judges.
Later addressing faculty members of Jammu University, Dr Farooq Abdullah strongly condemned APHC chairman, Sayeed Ali Shah Galeeni for exploiting religious sentiments of the people. "I have decided to send all top class leaders of Hurriyat to Jodhpur", he said.
Responding to the demands of the University teachers and non teaching employees, Chief Minister assured the employees that Government was serious in solving their long pending demands.
While expressing his helplessness in increasing retirement age of University teachers from 60 to 62, Dr Farooq Abdullah said that it would create another problem. He, however, assured that services of experienced and intelligent teachers would be utilised even after their retirement.
Chief Minister said that after Durbar Move, Government would take some steps to release arrears and DA installment for the University employees.
Regarding vacation of the land allocated to the University and presently being occupied by the Army, Pro-Chancellor said that State Government has held discussion with the Army authorities but no concrete results have emerged so far. He mooted the idea that some departments of the University should be shifted to some nearby places in case Government fails to get the land vacated from Army.
Newly elected president of the Jammu University Teachers Association (JUTA) Mr. Varinder Gupta and Non-Teaching Employees Union, president, Mr. Aman Gupta also addressed the gathering and put forward their demands before the Pro-Chancellor.
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