Mehboob Iqbal Joins PDP, Says Have Full Faith In Mufti

Mehboob Iqbal Joins PDP, Says Have Full Faith In Mufti

22 December 2012
Kashmir Life


Jammu: Patron of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Saturday said that the present regime headed by National Conference has miserable failed to carry forward the equitable development agenda which was implemented by the previous PDP-Congress regime in the state. He said Mufti addressing a function to welcome former senior bureaucrat Mehboob Iqbal, who along with his supporters joined PDP, said that four years performances of this government appeared only on papers and nothing concrete has been done on the grounds. Mehboob Iqbal, a native of Bhaderwah area joined PDP along with prominent educationists, retired senior officers, Panches, Sarpanches, social workers and activists of other political parties of Bhaderwah. Hundreds of people who joined PDP along with Mehboob Iqbal expressed faith in the leadership of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Mehoooba Mufti. Calling upon the new entrants to strengthen the party by spreading agenda of the party, Mufti said that change was order of the day and people of state were looking towards PDP to change the present corrupt system. “It is my desire to establish a system where every sections of the society would get justice and equal opportunities for development and economic growth”, he said and added that the agenda of the PDP was formulated by accommodating wishes and aspirations of all regions and sub-regions of the state. PDP patron recalled that during PDP-Congress regime special attention was paid towards neglected and remotest areas. Talking about his government’s initiative in area, Mufti said that tourist circuits to connect Bhaderwah with rest of the country were set up and separate Bhaderwah Development Authority was also constituted to establish this belt as independent tourist destination. He, however, regretted that the present regime has failed to complete the project. He expressed his concern over slow pace of work on the Bani-Basholio-Sarthal-Bhaderwah road. “Instead of following the visionary policies which were framed by the previous PDP led regime, this government has reversed the whole process”, he said and regretted that expect promises nothing has been done on ground. He said that environment of development created by the previous government was unfortunately wasted by the present government. “The people now are fed up with this government , its mis-governance and the strikingly corrupt system that it has promoted, he observed and regretted that corruption was now institutionalized even at the highest levels,” said Mufti Mufti, while listing achievements of the previous government said that PDP led regime had brought transparency and accountability in the governance by strengthening democratic institutions in the state. He especially mentioned that during PDP led regime more than 70,000 youth were appointed as teachers under Rebar-e-Talim (ReT) scheme and more than 30,000 Anganwari workers were also appointed. “Not only a single case of favoritism or nepotism were reported during our tenure because appointments were made with complete transparency and accountability to ensure that only deserving people would get jobs”, he said. Speaking on the occasion Mehboob Iqbal said that he has decided to join PDP due to the policies and programmes of the party. He said that people of Bhaderwah have full faith in the leadership of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti. He said that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir has proved how to deliver good governance to the people. “During the regime of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed governance consciousness was generated in the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Unfortunately state has been exploited previously on emotional slogans alone without keeping pace with the requirements of development and growth that had hit the remote and the backward areas the hardest,” said Mehboob.