Meeting People's Expectations Difficult: Mufti
12 March 2005
Jammu: Conceding it was becoming difficult to meet the rising expectations of people in the state in the 'changed scenario', Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today requested the Opposition to act as the watchdog to help make the government perform better. 'Changed atmosphere has raised the expectations of the people in the state and it is my endeavour to meet their hopes,' the Chief Minister said addressing the Assembly on the Demand for Grants for departments under his charge. He said the Opposition as the watchdog could play a meaningful role in keeping the government on toes and perform better. He said he has been always trying to evolve consensus on issues. Sayeed said the fractured mandate given by the people in 2002 assembly elections was a blessing in disguise in as much as it ensured participation of all the regions in governance. The Chief Minister said the coalition experiment has strengthened democracy in the state, as different political opinions are reconciled. He said areas that had been neglected so far received full attention in matters of development and made a special mention of Rajouri and Poonch districts in response to allegation of an NC member that these area were ignored. Likewise, he said the Ladakh region is no longer complaining about discrimination. Sayeed said voilence and killing of civilians has come down and infiltration has gone down by 60 per cent. He, however, cautioned against lowering of guard and called for coordination between various agencies in the anti-insurgency measures.