The J&K government is pursuing with the Centre a comprehensive flood management programme to "ensure that the havoc of 2014 doesn't visit us again," the Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said Friday.
In his I-day message, Mufti said the government is pursuing with Centre a Comprehensive Flood Protection and Management Programme so that the State is fully prepared to meet future challenges of weather, especially floods. "We are also specially focussing on construction of an alternate flood channel from Dogripora to Wullar," he said.
The Chief Minister said the effective implementation of the Agenda of Alliance of the Coalition Government will ensure "equal opportunities of growth and inclusive development and a more transparent and accountable administration that will restore confidence in the people for the Government."
He said his government is committed to "give to the people clean and transparent administrative machinery free of corruption and nepotism."
Mufti said the Government intends to undertake infrastructural upgradation in the State "which would not only make up for the losses suffered during the deluge of 2014, but also make the State as one of the developed ones on the national canvas."
He hoped that the present government will "achieve all the set targets that have been mentioned in the coalition's Agenda of Alliance."
Outlining his vision and ideas for the State, Mufti said he dreams of a State which is peaceful, prosperous and democratic. He said the "edifice of this concept was laid during his earlier tenure in 2002-2005 and now is the time to realize the dream and make Jammu and Kashmir an abode of peace, development, progress and tranquility."
Describing the Cross-LoC trade and travel as "one of the most significant CBMs between India and Pakistan," the Chief Minister said however, "several issues including extending the telecommunication and banking facilities to the people have to be focused and sorted out in the Joint Working Group meetings between India and Pakistan."
Mufti said education, health, agriculture, horticulture and power sectors remain the Coalition Government's "top most priority and various initiatives have been taken to give new fillip to these sectors." Similarly, he said, in the health sector, directions have been issued to upgrade at least two health institutions in each constituency, one as Mother and Child Centre and another as a Model Hospital, so that "we provide instant relief to the most vulnerable segment of the society right at their doorsteps."
Mufti said strenuous efforts have been put in place to fill in vacant posts in the Government sector by making the J&K Public Service Commission and Services Selection Board fully functional.
The Chief Minister further said that his Government has taken the improvement and upgradation of the road infrastructure, which was badly damaged during the September floods last year, as a big challenge.
Mufti Sayeed said improvement and widening of the Highway has also been fast tracked.
The Chief Minister said "unfortunately the previous dispensation left us empty coffers along with a huge liability of over Rs. 9000 crore."
He said they had taken up works "without adhering to codal norms, which has damaged the economy of the State."
In order to clear liabilities inherited from the previous regime, the present government has reserved 1/3rd component within the Capital Expenditure Plans in each district to defray these liabilities in a phased manner, he said.
Mufti said as we near completion of one year of the deadly deluge that shattered thousands of lives, the government is "committed to compensate each and every victim."
To ameliorate the sufferings of victim families, he said Government has provided a start up incentive to un-insured destitute and small-time traders for revival of their business. He further added that the present dispensation is committed to "resurrect the lives of thousands of victims who saw their homes washed away in the floods in which over 2 Lakh houses were damaged."
"A good beginning has been made and I am hopeful that in the coming years the coalition government shall meet the expectations of the people," the Chief Minister said in his message.