PDP Voted Against Surrender Policy: Omar15 February 2010
Kalakote: Taking a dig at the politics of opposition Peoples Democratic Party and Bhartiya Janta Party, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday said PDP had voted against the resolution moved by the CPI (M) leader, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami regarding the surrender and rehabilitation of the youth who had crossed over the Line of Control. Addressing a public meeting here, Omar said that the records in Legislative Assembly were testimony to this fact. “Some people are habitual of telling lies in private while others shamelessly speak falsehood publicly,” he said referring to the claim made by PDP that the party supported the idea regarding surrender and rehabilitation of militants. “While PDP has developed the trait of making brazen faced lies in public, BJP has the habit of opposing all good things for the sake of opposition,” he said. Stone pelters will be dealt in sternly Reiterating his government’s firm commitment for upholding human rights and punishing the culprits on this count, the chief minister said that his government would not allow a handful of hooligans to hostage the tranquility in certain parts of Srinagar city by the acts of stone-pelting. “The government would deal with stern hand the law breakers,” he said maintaining that for handling the political issues, New Delhi and the State governments were willing to talk to anyone on any subject and this intention had been made public by Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram. Men in uniform law abiding Omar said that the men in uniform were law abiding force. “They protect life, property and uphold the constitution and safeguard the country,” he said. “It is a single sinner who brings bad name to the whole society and same is the case with forces. Such elements will be isolated and brought to book. We’ve made our intention clear in this regard once again by identifying and booking the accused killer of the Nishat boy.” 1 lakh Govt jobs to be created Referring to his government’s effort for employment opportunities to youth, Abdullah said Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for the Youth (SKEWPY) to be implemented from the 1st April 2010 embeds greater avenues of employment and employability for the young people. “While the government is working for creating over one lakh jobs for youth in the government sector under the policy, many more lakh jobs would get created through the SKEWPY in private and self-employment sectors.” He said efforts had also been made to upgrade the skills of youth, especially of rural and far-off areas so that they get jobs easily in the power and other projects under execution in these areas. Govt promises decentralization of power The chief minister said that in order to decentralize the power at the Secretariat and provincial levels, the government wants to transfer these to the panchayats so that public representatives at panchayat level would make decisions by themselves for launch of particular development schemes in particular areas and monitor the progress and the benefits of these schemes. “This would create a healthy work culture and ensure fullest benefit from the spending on development works in accordance with the wishes and requirements of the people,” he said. State Govt in touch with Farooq for rural electrification Omar said his government was in close rapport with Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah, to energize the households in hilly, backward and remote far-flung areas of the State. “We are looking for greater support from the ministry to achieve this goal,” he said adding the technology and new methods would help provide electricity to the households in backward areas extensively. Kissan Board for bringing self-reliance Omar said that the government had constituted Kissan Board under Vice Chairman Rashpal Singh for the welfare of farmers and to address their problems and open new vistas for bringing self-reliance in food grain production in the State. The Minister for Forests, Mian Altaf Ahmed; Minister for Industries, S S Slathia; Member Parliament, Madan Lal Sharma and Vice Chairman Kissan Board and MLA Rashpal Singh; Vice Chairman Pahari Advisory Board, Mushtaq Ahmad Bukhari and MLC Ajay Sadotra also spoke on the occasion while Advisors to the Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul and Devender Singh Rana; legislators Aijaz Jan, Rashid Qureshi and former minister, Rampal were present. Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated Rs 3.23 crore Transmission Sub-Division of Power Development department at Kalakote. The Minister of State of Power, Shabir Ahmad Khan was also present on the occasion.