Omar for strengthening coalition at grassroots

Jammu, Nov 9: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today stressed on strengthening the coalition ties from grassroots and asked the party cadre to play their role in this direction positively. Addr...

Jammu, Nov 9: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today stressed on strengthening the coalition ties from grassroots and asked the party cadre to play their role in this direction positively.
 Addressing a gathering of National Conference office bearers and workers at Sher-i-Kashmir Bhawan here, the CM asked them act as a bridge between the Government and the people by ventilating public grievances at right forums for seeking their redressal.
 "You should keep close rapport with the people and apprise them of the coalition government's agenda for holistic and equitable development and restoration of peace and stability in the State," the CM impressed upon the party workers and activists.
 On the occasion, the CM identified new initiatives taken by the coalition Government during last about three years in the State to ensure equitable and holistic development in all the sectors. He highlighted the significant decisions taken for enhancing employability of youth by upgrading their skills through a network of newly established Polytechnics and ITIs and degree colleges.
 He also referred to the SKEWPY initiative taken by the Government to address unemployment crisis and provide opportunities to educated youth to venture upon and earn their livelihood substantially and independently.
 The CM dwelt on the new recruitment policy and said that it is aimed at expanding the orbit of government service for the young persons at one hand and reducing the pressure on financial position of the State on the other.
 "Instead of blocking the opportunities of Government jobs for the youth because of the financial constraints caused by the implementation of Pay Commission and payment of arrears to the government employees, the Government took an initiative to provide stipendiary jobs to the youth which will ultimately culminate into regular government service", he said adding it will also enable to recruit double the number of youth in Government service.
 On curbing corruption and providing good governance, the CM said that Jammu and Kashmir is first amongst few States to enact and implement Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA).
 "This will not only ensure timely delivery of public service to the people but reduce the chances of corruption to a greater extent", he asserted. He said strengthening of Right to Information Act (RTI) and making Jammu and Kashmir Information Commission operative in the State would also help to curb the chances of corruption.
 "The Accountability Commission has also been made functional while the Vigilance Commission is in pipeline", he added.
 The CM said that Panchayat elections and empowerment of these grassroot democratic institutions is yet another feather in the cap of coalition government. He said establishment of Panchayat Raj in the State would give new dimension to the development process and help reduce chances of corruption in public life.

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