Peace process has become irreversible: Baig

4 June 2008
The Daily Excelsior


Srinagar: Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig has said that the peace process has reached to an irreversible phase and underscored the need for giving it a vigorous push forward. He also appealed the separatist groups and Hurriyat leadership to come to the table. Addressing a mammoth public rally at Drabgam, Rajpora after laying foundation of Wahibugh and Bonchak bridges, Mr. Baig said that both Central and State leaderships initiated for composite Indo-Pak dialogue which resulted in restoration of peace and tranquility not only in Jammu and Kashmir but in the sub-continent as well to a greater extent. Deputy Chief Minister said that restoration of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir has restored sense of security among the people who, he said few years back were yarning for peace and have now become stake holders in the development process across the State. He said that the previous governments were responsible for political uncertainty and turmoil in the State, adding that the coalition Government has leveled the ground for eliminating political vicissitudes and restoring faith of people in the democratic set up. Mr. Baig said that these two bridges would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 4.76 crore under the Asian Development Bank funding and would be completed within fifteen months. The bridges would benefit about 50,000 people living in dozen of villages on either side of Romshi nallah. Highlighting the achievements made by coalition Government during last five and a half years of rule, Mr. Baig said that in 120 years only 30 colleges has set up in the State and in five years coalition Government has opened 40 colleges, 8 university campuses, 3 universities besides hundreds of schools in every nook and corner of the State to provide quality education to youth at their doorsteps. He said that a massive infrastructure development programme has already been started in the State and major social sector oriented projects have been started on fast track to benefit the people at the earliest. Referring to the demands put forth by the people at Drabgam, Wahibugh, Bonchack and other places, Mr. Baig said that the opening of dispensary, vetenary unit at Chewi Khrud Pulwama and backward status to Drabgam would be taken with concerned Ministers and assured for their early redressal. He directed the Tourism department to survey the site for development of Park at Chewi Khrud so that necessary funds would be allotted for its development. He also announced Rs.5 lakh for the development of play ground field. Minister for State for R&B Khalil Bandh and MLA Rajpora Syed Bashir also spoke on the occasion.