Employees Should Call Off Strike 1 Lakh Govt Jobs In Next 5-Yrs 3 Tunnels To Link Doda With Kashmir
Doda (Jammu) Apr 7: The Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, on Wednesday said that government was trying its level best to arrange funds to clear the pending arrears of the employees. He once again urged them to resume their duties in the larger public interest.
“When Government has already fulfilled the maximum demands of employees including enhancing salaries by implementing 6th Pay Commission recommendations and is actively striving to arrange funds for paying the arrears, the attitude of confrontation by the employees is irrelevant and most unfortunate,” Omar said while addressing a gathering here. The Government, he said had already taken up this issue with the Centre and is strongly pursuing to get central grant to clear the pending arrears. “We have not closed the doors for addressing the issues on table. Employees should call off strike as common people are facing lot of inconvenience,” he said.
Referring to development, Omar said that Government was endeavouring to carry forward its development agenda on fast track in a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere involving general public at all levels. “The NC-Congress coalition is determined to uplift the people especially those living in far-flung, hilly and backward areas,” he added.
Omar said that launch of Sher-i-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth (SKEWPY) would address the problem of unemployment to a great extent. “We are striving to provide about one lakh government jobs to youth during next 5-years”, he said. “Employability of youth will be enhanced so that they get absorbed in the private sector. The procedure for venturing under self-employment programme has also been made easy for intending entrepreneurs to encourage self employment created economic activities. SKEWPY also provides for Voluntarily Service Allowance (VSA) to deserving un-employed youth.”
On economic progress of hilly and backwards areas, Omar said that Government was exploring possibilities of constructing two to three tunnels in Doda district to link it with Kashmir valley and open new vistas of economic prosperity for the people living in hilly backward areas of Doda and Kishtwar. He said the duo districts are also being showcased as the attractive tourist destinations. “In this connection various measures have already been initiated”.
The Chief Minister said that Rs 190 crore were being spend on the construction of 350 km roads in Doda district under CRF while as 40 new road projects are under execution under PMGSY. “Our thrust is on improving connectivity in the districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban to open up these areas for economic betterment.”
On the issue of drought conditions in parts of Doda and Kishtwar districts, Omar said the Government had already announced 3-months free ration for drought his families and had also taken up the issue with the Centre Government to provide assistance to the State. “We will continue to provide adequate ration to the people in drought hit areas”, he asserted.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister for R&B, G M Saroori gave detailed account of the works launched by the department in Doda district for construction and upgradation of road communication network.
Highlighting the achievements of coalition Government during the past 15 months, Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik said that the impact of projects launched have started showing positive results on ground.
Malik said that besides focusing attention on the basic five sectors of road connectivity, education, healthcare, power and water supply, Government had come up with a comprehensive employment generation scheme in the form of SKEWPY.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated Rs.30.50 lakh Media Centre of Information Department at Doda and Rs. 1.20 crore Fire and Emergency Service Station. He also laid foundation of District Employment and Counseling Centre, Doda and inspected the construction work of Rs. 4.46 crore sports field.
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