Omar Invites Separatists For Talks25 January 2011
Jammu: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today invited separatists to be part of dialogue for better future of J&K through the institution of Interlocutors created by the Union Government to initiate interaction with all shades of opinion. “The institution of Interlocutors created by the Union Government to initiate interaction with all shades of opinion should be utilized earnestly to find out solution to the issues”, he said and appealed the separatists to rise to the occasion and play their role in bringing about peace and tranquility in the State. “Main ummeed karta hoon ki aap jald-az-jald muzaqarat ka hissa ban kar riyaasat kay pur-aman aur khushgawar mustaqbil ke zamin banein” (I hope that you will become the part of dialogue and contribute for better future of the State), he told the separatists. In an address to the people on the occasion of Republic Day (to be broadcast, telecast from Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan on January 26), the Chief Minister reminded the people of the loss of precious lives and property during the period of militancy and in five months of stone pelting and said that violence and law and order situations have never solved any problem, said an official spokesman “Zinda Aur Baashaoor qomaein Apnay Masaeill Hamesha Pur-Aman Taur Par Hal Karne Kay Khohhan Rehtie Hain” (The brave and livelily societies resolve their issues amicably in a peaceful atmosphere), he said and called for joint efforts for peace and welfare in the State. Omar said “during my electioneering in 2008 Assembly Elections I have sought the cooperation and vote from people for development and progress of the State, but soon after taking over as chief minister of the State, I utilized every opportunity to highlight the resolution of political issues politically. It was me who vehemently and categorically raised the political issue of Jammu and Kashmir before the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at a huge public rally stressing on addressing these issues politically. Not only this I utilized other important forums to call for focusing political issues of Jammu and Kashmir in a conducive and political atmosphere”, he claimed. “While I thanked the Union Government for the liberal financial assistance on development front, I emphasized the need for sustained and meaningful dialogue to address political issues of the State”, he said and added that the unabated efforts by his government in this direction have started yielding positive results and the appointment of Interlocutors to discuss JK political issues and suggest measures to their resolution is now a reality. The Chief Minister said that the last two years of the coalition government has created a shining example of working in tandem and oneness. “My endeavour is to improve the political and developmental scenario in the State but transformation of a society which has witnessed 20 years of disturbance and 60 years of political upheaval could not be achieved through a single stroke”, he said and reiterated his resolve to seek equitable development in all regions and sub-regions of the State. The chief minister said that during electioneering he had talked about tackling employment crisis effectively and in this direction launch of Sher-i-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth (SKEWPY) is an important step. The Chief Minister said attention is being paid on enhancing the employability and skills of youth to make them fit for open market jobs. “We are opening 18 new polytechnics and one ITI centre in each block of the State to give new dimension to the skills development programme”, he said adding that the most required trades and technical courses with greater market demand will be taught in these institutions. Over the measures being taken to bring the state out of power crises, the Chief Minister said, “My government has initiated both short and long term measures to improve and upgrade the power generation and supply mechanism in the State. We have framed a policy for PPP ventures and are working to involve investors in the field”, he said and referred to the awarding of 690 MW Ratli Power Project on tariff bidding and creating a new example of transparency. The Chief Minister also referred to the creation of Chenab Power Company and entering of joint ventures with NHPC and PTC for establishment of 1000 MW Pakaldul, 600 MW Keru and 520 MW Kawar projects to give considerable fillip to the local power generation. Omar said that with the liberal assistance by the Union Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) the State government is endeavouring to harness hundreds of mega watts of power from non-conventional energy resources in the State to electrify far flung and remote areas. On health sector, the Chief Minister said that State has been ranked No. 1 in the delivery of primary health service for its commendable work done despite law and order situation. The Chief Minister said that on the road sector the focused attention of government is vindicated by the launch of schemes for construction of tunnels and inter-district and inter-provincial highways. “We have completed 177 road projects and 141 bridges of various dimensions during the last two years while 10,000 kms of roads have been black topped during the same period besides macadamizing almost all main roads in Srinagar and Jammu cities”, he said. The Chief Minister also referred to the damage caused by flash floods in Ladakh and appreciated the Centre Government’s assistance to the State to ensure rehabilitation and restoration programmes before the onset of winter.