Azad For Full Support To Omar Govt18 February 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Union Minister for Health and senior All India Congress Committee leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad, today called for strengthening Coalition Government in the State and providing full support to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. While addressing a function of prominent citizens of civil society of Jammu organized by Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand at his residence here this morning, Mr Azad stressed the need to further strengthen the Coalition Government in the State. He appealed the party activists to render full support to the young Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in speeding up pace of developmental works and other allied activities in the State. He stressed upon the political leaders to serve the people without any reservation of caste, creed or colour. Stressing on the special attention towards remote and far-flung areas, Mr Azad said he always laid emphasis on development of border districts, backward areas and the people living in peripheries of the State. The Union Health Minister further said that the Central Government ensures a financial assistance of Rs 5 lakhs to Rs 15 lakhs to the BPL card holders for the treatment of dreaded diseases like cancer, heart, liver and kidney ailments. He disclosed that the families with a monthly income of rupees 4 to 5 thousand are also entitled for Rs 40,000-50,000 for minor ailments under the Scheme. He appealed the members of the civil society and the media to make people aware of such schemes so that the ailing humanity is benefited. Extending gratitude to the people , especially to the Government employees of the State for their whole hearted support to him during his two and half years of regime as Chief Minister of J&K, he said that due to support and cooperation the developmental scenario has recorded a notable progress in all the three regions of the State. He appreciated the hard work of the employees of the State who even worked in double and triple- shifts to speed up the pace of development works. Dy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Dy Chairman of the Legislative Council, Arvinder Singh, Minister for Education Peerzada Mohd Sayeed, Minister of State for Cooperatives, Dr Manohar Lal, MoS Shabir Khan and several legislators also attended the function. Later, addressing large gathering at a function organized in connection with Parkash Divas of Guru Ravi Dassji here today, the Union Health Minister said that UPA was trying its best to tackle the main Opposition party –BJP for ensuring smooth conduct of business in the House during coming Parliamentary budget session. The Union Minister said that entire session in last Lok Sabha was spoiled by the Opposition and no business could be conducted in the House for the welfare of the people of this country. The important budget session is coming again and the UPA was trying its best to initiate dialogue with the Opposition and mainly with the BJP leaders and trying to tackle them for ensuring smooth conduct of the session. It is hoped that good and positive sense may prevail upon the BJP leadership in the larger interest of the people of this country so that session could be conducted in better way, Mr Azad maintained. While referring to the acts of violence and subversion in J&K and other parts of the country, the senior Congress leader pointed out that some forces and elements including the terrorists groups, targeted famous Raghunath temple of Jammu twice and even other important religious places in the country with the prime objective to create communal violence and division in the society. He said the people behind these acts had the only one motive to create wedge in the society for their vested interests and create communal situation. But despite all odds, the people and especially the Hindu brethren displayed sense of maturity and goodwill and understood the evil designs of the perpetrators of violence. There was no communal violence and the people from all the communities displayed communal harmony. While recalling to teachings of the great Saints and Prophets like Guru Ravi Dassji, Guru Nanak Devji, Isa Massih, Prophet Mohammed and other great Hindus Saints and Prophets, Mr Azad said all of them have asked people to love each other, respect each religion, maintain brotherhood, communal harmony and equality. All are equal in the eyes of God and no one was untouchable in the eyes of God. Humanity is the great religion and all should have human heart which always has pain and love for every body. 'It is easy to produce a man but very difficult to produce human (Inssan)', Mr Azad maintained. 'Our Saints and Prophets could do many those things which many great rulers in their respective countries could not do. The Saints have always been a great power and source of inspiration and remained the torch bearers of the society. They have great command over the people as people from all the faiths gave them respect and their teachings are always for every human being and not for particular community of sect', Mr Azad added. Earlier, the Union Minister inaugurated a newly constructed Serai and then paid floral tributes to the great Saint on his ‘Prakash Divas’. The Deputy Chief Minister in his address congratulated the members of the community on this great day and recalled the contributions of the Congress party and Ghulam Nabi Azad for this community. He said State witnessed a massive development in the State during the regime of Ghulam Nabi Azad and he gave equal attention to the people from each community especially to the poor and down trodden and ensured equal development of all the regions. B R Kundal (MLC) also spoke on the occasion and assured full support from the community to Mr Azad. Convenor of the Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha, Piran Ditta earlier, in his welcome address referred to several development activities of the Sabha. He also put forth the demand of induction of a member from the community in State Cabinet. A memorandum was also submitted to Mr Azad. The DyCM announced financial support of Rs 25 lakh for Guru Ravi Dass Sabha while Mr Kundal extended financial support of Rs 10 lakh on the occasion. Mr Piran Ditta also apprised the gathering about Rs 5 lakh support for the Sabha temple from BJP MLA Chaman Lal Gupta. MLA Bhaderwah, Mohd Sharief Niaz, MLCs Naresh Gupta and Subash Chander Gupta, former Minister Yogesh Sawhney, Sabha general secretary Raj Kumar and several other prominent persons were present in the function. Our Kathua Correspondent adds that another function in connection with the ‘Prakash Utsav’ of Guru Ravi Dassji was held at Kathua town today. Minister for CAPD and Transport Qamar Ali Akhoon was the chief guest. The Minister asked the gathering to follow the teachings of this great Guru and said that his teachings were relevant even today. He said selfless service to humanity was the best service to the Almighty. He asked the members of the poor and downtrodden communities to take benefit of all the schemes made for their welfare.