Shah hopeful of good impact of Vajpayee-Musharraf talks
19 June 2001
The Asian Age
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir acting chief minister Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah has expressed the hope that the proposed talks between indian Prime Minister and Pakistan's chief executive would yield positive results. "Both nations have now realized the futility of the confrontation and are now rightly trying to find solutions of bilateral issues through dialogue. Nothing can be achieved by force and violence," Mr Shah said at a function organised to launch Antodiya Ann Yojna (scheme) formally in Pahalgam area of south Kashmir yesterday. The scheme aims at providing food grains at concessional rates to the poorest of poor. Under the centrally sponsored scheme rice will be provided at the rate of Rs three per kg and wheat at Rs two per kg. Jammu and kashmir is the third state in the country to launch the scheme. Mr Shah said the National Conference has always stood for greater autonomy to the state within the framework of the indian constitution. He appealed to the people to remain united against the subversives who are bent upon disturbing the peace and normalcy in the state on basis of region and religion. Mr Shah said that with a return of the popular government in the state, things have started improving - tourism was picking up, the conditions for "Amarnath yatra" have been improved and pilgrim traffic increased. Developmental activities have been stepped up and economy of the state has shown signs of improvement, he added. Minister of state for food and supplies, Mr B A Nengroo cautioned the people against the nefarious designs of the anti-national elements, who were bent upon to create chaos and confusion in the state and thereby hinder the various developmental programmes. He said that present government is determined to provide clean and efficient administration to the people. The minister said that the antodaya ann yojana was a forerunner to the various welfare schemes, which the government intended to launch for the welfare of the weaker sections of society. Taking a dig at the self-proclaimed repesentatives of people, Mr Nengroo said that National Conference has always stood for the cause of masses, which has been proved by the mandate given to their party. Rejecting the demand for division of the state, Mr Nengroo said that Jammu and Kashmir could not be divided as it was single entity and had stood the test of time. The ballot and not bullet is the solution to every problem in a democratic set up, the minister said.