‘Open all cross-LoC routes’

Soz Takes Up Matter With PM


Srinagar, Dec 28: State Congress chief Prof Saifuddin Soz Friday met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and demanded opening of all traditional cross-LoC routes to facilitate interaction between people from both sides of Kashmir.
Talking to Greater Kashmir over phone, Soz said he suggested opening of all traditional routes which could facilitate interaction between people in both parts of Kashmir. “I also apprised the Prime Minister that symbolic trade and travel on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Road and Poonch-Rawalakote Road is of little help for Kashmiris and it would be in the interest of nation if the speed of trade and travel on both the routes matches with the needs of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said, adding that PM’s response was ‘heart-warming’.
Soz, who is a supporter of empowering Panchayats, also demanded Prime Minister’s support to the proposal for grant of Rs 100 crores to the State for providing honorarium and insurance cover to Sarpanchs and Panchs.
“I brought into the notice of the Prime Minister that people of J&K State had fully appreciated the need to empower Panchyati Raj Institution in the state so that the democratization of the entire space at the grassroots was ensured on expected lines, besides making developmental process fully participative,” Soz said.
Soz also sought special focus of Centre on infrastructural development and employment generation in the private sector in the State.
“Among other things I proposed to the Prime Minister was that it was an opportune time for a re-look at the economic policy in J&K through a direct outline on the perspective from the Prime Minister, keeping in view the structural reform in the J&K State with a special focus on infrastructural development and employment generation in the private sector,” he said.
Soz also said that many other matters of public interest including proposals for socio-economic viability came up for discussion during the meeting.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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