Water can be used to transform JK economy: Omar

Lakhanpur toll plaza inaugurated


Lakhanpur, Jan 13: Underscoring the importance of financial self-sufficiency for development, progress and prosperity of J&K, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, Sunday called for developing “a mindset by the civil society and the government of working together to realize this goal.”
 “The hand which contributes and extends financial support is always better than the one which receives it”, he said, adding that “God has bestowed upon Jammu and Kashmir blessings in the shape of water resources in plenty and these could be utilized to transform the economy of the State by generating surplus hydro energy.”
 Addressing a function after inaugurating new Toll Plaza here today, the Chief Minister said that enhancing the tax orbit is not the answer to strengthen State’s financial position but generation of electricity in huge quantity is only way forward to make state financially autonomous.”
 “Whatever is our right to receive from the centre, we should get it with our head up, but when it is in the shape of concessions and mercies one does not feel elated”, he said, adding that the total dependence on Central financial support has to be reversed by the joint efforts and determination of the people and the State Government.
  “We have lagged behind in harnessing the hydro electric potential of 20,000 MW available in the State. Had half of it been realized so far we would have been providing 24x7 electricity to the consumers and industries in the State and selling about 5000 MW to other parts of the country”, he said, reiterating his government’s resolve to make necessary dent in this regard.
 He said his government has already launched prestigious projects in the State sector, in joint ventures, in PPP and IPP modes and the day is not far away when State would make new strides in power generation and achieve the cherished goal of self-reliance.
 Saying that coalition government is committed to public service, Omar, according to an official statement, said that besides focusing on upgradation and improvement of basic facilities across the State, the consolidation of health and education sectors loomed large in the development policy of his government during the last four years.
 “We enacted and implemented legislations to reduce the chances of corruption in public service delivery systems, to bring more transparency in administration and strengthen the institutions to empower people and make government answerable before them. Our endeavour in this direction would continue”, he said, adding that the government was sincerely moving forward to provide good governance and people-friendly administration.
 Expressing gratitude to Union Government for “extra-ordinary” financial support to the State and providing Rs 7300 crore Plan for the current fiscal, the Chief Minister said that transfer of money from the Centre to the State takes some time.
 Congratulating Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma and the officers of the Finance Department for completing the long cherished Toll Plaza project at Lakhanpur, Omar said he is “fortunate to inaugurate the prestigious project for which three Chief Ministers made endeavours one after other.”
 The Chief Minister said that Lakhanpur is the face of Jammu and Kashmir State and most of the visitors and people visit through this township to the State besides huge trade and commerce activities taking place via this station.
 He said that befitting and modern facilities at this place are all the more necessary to give good impression to the people and the traders visiting Jammu and Kashmir.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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