Autonomy Only Viable Solution To Resolve Kashmir Issue: Sagar3 January 2010
Srinagar: The Minster for Rural Development, Panchayats and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Muhammad Sagar, has said unnecessary bloodshed and sufferings of the people must come to an end. While addressing a public gathering at Wakoora, he stressed upon the leadership of both India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue through serious negotiations and continue the dialogue process. Reiterating his stand on autonomy as the best solution to the vexed Kashmir issue, Sagar said that through autonomy, people of the state will enjoy more power to govern themselves. However, he made it clear that if better alternatives to autonomy are putforth, can also be considered. Sagar said that the present government has articulated a development strategy to improve the overall development scenario of the state and every endeavour will be made to realize this goal. He assured people of Ganderbal that a comprehensive development programme has been started in the district adding that the district would serve as a Model District of the state. He further assured that the central university will be established at Ganderbal and local youth would be provided job opportunities in the university. Earlier, Sagar laid the foundation stone of new block development office at Wakoora to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 41.47 lakh. The minister was informed that Rs. 56 lakh are being utilized under NREGA in Wakoora block while as Rs. 13.10 lakh to be distributed under IAY scheme in the block.