Mufti calls for national consensus on J&K
30 November 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Udhampur: Stressing the need of developing national consensus on the vital question of bringing peace and tranquality in this violence plagued State, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayed today appealed to all political parties to shun their differences and work jointly for the betterment and upliftment of the masses. Addressing a rally after distributing appointment letters to the militancy affected families of Udhampur district, Mufti said that just concluded Assembly elections had thrown up an opportunity not only for the people of Jammu and Kashmir but also for the entire nation to solve this problem. ''This is a golden opportunity and we have to avail of this chance to get the masses of the strife-torn State out of the prevailing mess'', he said, adding, ''it is duty of every political party and social group to work jointly to mitigate miseries of people, who have been witnessing death and destruction for the last more than 12 years''. ''The State of Jammu and Kashmir has been passing through a crucial phase and we have to take every step cautionally'', he said and assured the people that coalition Government will work with dedication and sincerity for their welfare. ''We are not ruling the State just for the lust of power but to deliver good governance to the people '', he asserted, adding, ''all our coalition parterns are committed not only to do away with the woes of masses but also to change this system plagued with corruption and nepotism''. Terming formation of coalition Government as historic development in the annals of the State, Chief Minister was of the view that Government comprised of different political groups and individuals was more effective than of one party. ''Single party Government always leads to autocratic regime'', he opined. Pointing towards formation of Common Minimum Programme (CMP), Mufti said that CMP was guided by the wishes and aspirations of all the region and sub-regions of Jammu and Kashmir. ''CMP was formulated after detailed consultations among PDP, Congress, Panthers, CPM and other groups'', he said and assured the people that coalition Government was committed to providing justice to all sections and all regions of the State. Listing priorities of the coalition Government, Mufti said that besides accelerating development process his Government was more particular to provide ‘healing-touch’ to inhabitants of this State. ''Witnessing bloodshed and destruction for the last more than one decade, inhabitants of this region deserve a healing touch'', he said and told the people that process of healing touch has been started in Jammu region also. ''We are providing you justice at your door step this is what healing touch means'', he said and assured the people that State Government will bring about transparency and accountability in the administration. Responding to the demands of the MLAs of the Udampur district, Mufti assured the elected representatives that their views will be taken into consideration before formulating any policy. He announced an additional grant of Rs 25 lakh for the water supply scheme in Udhampur town. Reacting to the demand of the Reasi MLA Jugal Kishore, Chief Minister assured him that he will discuss the matter with Governor Mr Garish Chander Saxena regarding diversion of some funds from the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board for the development of the adjoining area. ''If required, amendments will be made in the constitution of the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board but Governor will be consulted before taking any decision'', he said. Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister, Pandit Mangat Ram Sharma assured the people that coalition Government headed by Mufti Mohammed Sayed will provide justice to Jammu and Ladakh regions. While admitting that the previous regimes have adopted discriminatory policies towards Jammu and Ladakh region, Deputy Chief Minister said that wishes and aspirations of all regions have been accomodated in the CMP of the coalition Government. ''All partners of this coalition Government have been working with a commitment to change the prevailing corrupt system in the State'', he said and termed new regime as Government of poor people. ''All our policies will be guided by the interests and aspirations of the weaker sections of the society'', he said. Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) leader and Minister of Education, Mr Harsh Dev Singh while addressing the gathering, assured the people that justice will be meted out to all sections and regions of the State. ''There is a feeling among people of Jammu that successive State Governments have accorded step- motherly treatment to them'', he said but assured the people that coalition Government will remove this discrimination. Taking a leaf from the CMP of the coalition Government, Mr Harsh Dev Singh said that inclusion of the implementation of the Wazir Commission Report and constitution of the Delimitation Commission was a clear indication that this regime was committed to provide justice to Jammu region. Minister of Revenue and Rehabilitation, Housing and Urban Development, Mr Ghulam Hassan Mir also addressed the gathering. Later appointment letters were distributed to 45 persons who were members of the militancy affected families. Maximum number of families were from Gool-Arnas and Gulabgarh area. MLA Gool-Arnas, Mr Aijaz Ahmed Khan has worked assidiously to bring these families to district headquarters and got their cases solved within two days.