JK bags IBN-7 award for ‘poverty reduction’

New Delhi, Dec 23: In a significant development, Jammu and Kashmir has bagged the ‘best award’ for ‘poverty reduction’. The award was conferred on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah by the Lok Sabha Speaker Meera Kumar at a function here on Saturday evening.
An official spokesman said the award-distribution function ‘Diamond States Awards-2012’ was organized by IBN-7. “This is yet another feather in the cap of Omar Abdullah-led coalition government for its good-governance and commitment for equitable development and poverty alleviation,” the spokesman said. “The last four years have witnessed path-breaking initiatives of present dispensation aimed at upgrading basic amenities, reaching out to all areas equitably on development front, empowering common man, strengthening institutions, bringing transparency, making public service delivery fast and the administration answerable before the people, besides working for restoration of peace in the State.”
After receiving the award, Omar said the process of poverty alleviation was kick-started in the State by his grandfather Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah when he announced and implemented Agrarian Reforms.
Omar said that his government is focusing on reduction of poverty by generating wide-ranging economic activities across the State and converting potential in various sectors into employment opportunities for people in general and youth in particular.
He said job-creation has been flagged as “one of the most important concerns” in the State’s development policy.
The Chief Minister said that poverty alleviation is being attended on priority by various initiatives put in place in the sectors of rural development, housing and urban development, social welfare, agriculture, horticulture, industry etc.
He said job opportunity orbit for people in power, health, education, water supply, roads and bridges and tourism is being expanded through infrastructure development projects and other schemes.
Omar Abdullah thanked the jury of IBN7 Diamond States Awards 2012 for “recognizing the efforts of his government and adjudging Jammu and Kashmir the best State in the category of Poverty Reduction.”
Referring to protests on the Delhi gang-rape case, Omar appealed people to protest peacefully “without falling prey to the designs of those who want to use them for their vested interests.” “Keep your protest peaceful and under control so that attention from the real aspect of seeking justice to the affected person is not diluted or diverted towards some other aspects like water cannons and teargas shells,” he said, asking them not to “trespass barricades or charge on Parliament House.”  “God forbid someone can get severely injured by teargas shell or even some precious human life can be lost,” he said, maintaining that “this would divert the attention from the main objective of seeking justice for the girl and vested interests are always in search of such occasions.”

Lastupdate on : Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 23 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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