Talk to Delhi: Omar tells separatists

‘Political Issues Can’t Be Resolved By Gun Or Money’


Jammu, Jan 25: Asserting that dialogue is the only way forward to resolve issues, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday asked separatists to open channels of communication with the Centre and discuss political issues threadbare to seek amicable solution.
“When they can talk to the leadership of neighboring country (Pakistan) they should also talk to the political leadership of their own country and work for settlement of the basic political issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir for the larger interests of the people of the State,” Omar said in his televised address to the people on the eve of Republic Day. He said political issues cannot be resolved by gun or money but across the table through dialogue.
Giving full credit to people of Jammu and Kashmir for helping the government to maintain peace and carry forward development activities to all regions and sub-regions, the Chief Minister said that peace could not have been possible without the active support of common people. He expressed gratitude to them and said that with the rooting of peace in the State, people witnessed all round progress and development and added that the government would further upgrade this process.
Omar Abdullah said that people are fountainhead of power and their representatives at grass roots are real agents of socio-economic transformation. He said that the State like Jammu and Kashmir cannot be governed from Srinagar and Jammu Secretariats for its geographical diversity, remoteness and area specific problems.
“Recognizing this importance and empowering people to participate in plan formation and implementation of development schemes, the coalition government focused on creation of powerful Panchayat Raj system in the State. We held Panchayat elections and transferred powers of 14 departments to them”, he said asking Panchayat members to concentrate on ensuring attendance of teachers in schools, availability of ration at ration depots, functioning of Anganwari Centres and so many other services entrusted to them by the government for better service delivery and good governance.
Omar Abdullah said that security of Panchayat members, their insurance cover and their demand for honorarium have been well taken and State Government has prepared action plan in this regard.
The Chief Minister said that in order to curb corruption and upgrade transparency in the functioning of administration his government has implemented Public Services Guarantee Act (PSGA) and 20 more services have recently been incorporated in it raising the number of services to 69. He said implementation of Right to Information Act (RTI) has expanded the orbit for common people to question the government on its performance.
Omar Abdullah said that creation of Accountability Commission, Vigilance Commission, placing of third party monitoring in place and other steps to check corruption and bring more transparency in the functioning of government departments are effective measures to address the menace of corruption. He said that all government employees and all public representatives have been brought under the scanner of different institutions established for ensuring transparency and eradicating chances of corruption.
The Chief Minister said that his government has initiated yet another initiative of Results Framework Document (RFD) under which all departments have to prioritize their work schedule and fix physical targets for completion within the financial year. “At the end of the year the performance of the department will be judged on the basis of realization of physical targets and outcomes on ground and not on the present practice of judging the performance on the basis of financial achievements.”
On employment, Omar Abdullah said that in addition of providing numerous opportunities of earning independent livelihood for educated youth under SKEWPY, his government has initiated and upgraded different programmes for self-employment and skill-upgrade. He said thousands of educated unemployed have been absorbed in government services besides facilitating their placements in different private companies within and outside the State. He referred to the Central sponsored programmes of UDAAN and HIMAYAT in this regard.
Omar Abdullah said his government is working on a strategy of filling up over 70,000 jobs in government sector through a fast track recruitment process. “I am confident that the recruitment agencies would make recruitments as fast as possible in this regard. I would be personally monitoring this process”, he said adding that though his government is making all efforts to provide maximum employment opportunities to unemployed educated youth in government sector, however the solution to the unemployment crisis has also to be sought outside the government departments.
The Chief Minister said that for the welfare of labour class, he has approved enhancement of daily wages second time recently besides enhancing the compensation on account of death of a labour from Rs one lakh to Rs 2 lakhs. “I have also approved ‘death in harness’ like scheme for labours for providing Rs 2250 per month to a deceased labour’s family”, he said and elaborated that 1.42 lakh labour families have been registered for providing financial assistance under various heads. He said over Rs 180 crore have been made available for providing financial assistance to labours under various schemes. “Here, I would appeal to all my labour brethren to get themselves registered in the Labour Department for obtaining financial assistance of various types”, he said.
Assuring the people of re-doubling of efforts by the government to seek all round and inclusive development across the State and reaching out to people in all regions and sub-regions equitably, the Chief Minister said that financial autonomy and economic self-reliance is his government’s cherished desire and focus has been concentrated on indigenous power generation, holistic development of horticulture, handicrafts, agriculture and allied sectors to create surplus economy.
Omar sought continued cooperation of people in his efforts to achieve peaceful and progressive Jammu and Kashmir and expressed the hope that 2013 will be the year of peace and progress in the State.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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