Extending heartiest greetings to people on the Republic Day, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah highlighted the significance of the month of January for his government for the coalition dispensation taking over the office in the State on January 5, 2009. He said his government has completed five years this year adding that remarkable progress has been achieved both on peace and development fronts during this period.
“Though a lot has been done yet we have to do more towards achieving permanent peace and moving ahead on road to prosperity”, he said.
#Omar said that during the last five years about one lakh youth have been provided employment in government departments.
#Mentioned the Rehabilitation Policy and said that 380 youth have returned under this policy.
#Said Gun is no answer to any problem and wars have never solved any issue but created many
#During the last five years two Central Universities, two New Campuses of Kashmir University, 23 new Degree Colleges, 8500 new Schools, 18 new Polytechnics have been opened.
The Chief Minister mentioned enactment of Public Services Guarantee Act (PSGA), Re-constitution of Accountability Commission, constitution of Right to Information Commission, establishment of Vigilance Commission to give impetus to the transparency and bring government functioning under full public scan.
Omar Abdullah said that by giving the historic PSGA to the people his government has made some 80 important public services like issuance of Ration Cards, Driving Licenses, Water and Power connections, Revenue Papers, Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe and Backward Certificates, Building Permissions, No Objection Certificates pertaining to Passports and other matters, FIR copy etc. under the ambit of PSGA to ensure time bound delivery.
Omar Abdullah also mentioned the reconstitution of Accountability Commission and bringing all public representatives under its ambit. He also mentioned the constitution of Vigilance Commission under which falls the entire bureaucracy and lower ranking officials. He said by implementing Right to Information Act and constituting State Right to Information Commission, his government has empowered a common man to question the performance and conduct of all government departments in the State.
Giving glimpses of the five years major achievements registered by his government in various fields particularly in the fields of rozgar, bijlee, pani, sadak, sehat aur taleem (employment generation, power, drinking water, road communication, health and education), the Chief Minister said that during the last five years about one lakh youth have been provided employment in government departments.
Omar Abdullah said that employment being a global phenomenon needs multi-faceted approach to address. He said and added that his focus on entrepreneurship development through the innovative scheme of SKEWPY is to enhance the orbit of livelihood generation for youth of the State. He said about 2400 income generating units have been established under SKEWPY in the State so far providing jobs to over 13000 youth. He said during the last five years about 40000 youth have been identified and are under the process of training to upgrade their skills and enhance their employability. He said 40 reputed companies have been linked with the UDAAN scheme while many more are connected with HIMAYAT programme under which 17000 youth have been trained and 12000 have been provided jobs in different companies.
Omar Abdullah said that under the prestigious scheme UMEED 9 lakh rural women are being organized in Self-Help Groups in the State during a period of five years to ensure their economic and social welfare. He said nine blocks have already been brought under the scheme this year. He also mentioned steps taken by his government for the inclusive development of weaker sections of the society including schedule caste, schedule tribe, pahari, other backward classes, gujjars and bakerwals. He also referred to the measures taken by his government for the holistic development of agriculturists, horticulturists, artisans, labours and other poorer sections of the society. He said 3.75 lakh Kissan Credit Cards have been provided to farmers and 40000 artisans cards to artisans to avail the easy loan facilities from the banks for strengthening their economic activities. He said agriculture has been kept out of the tax regime to encourage its growth.
The Chief Minister said that his government placed power development sector in the priority list and recognized it as the most important sector to ensure necessary turn around in the State’s economic condition. He said power is the sector which can strengthen the State’s economic health and lift it from the deficit level State to the economically self-reliant level. He said necessary edifice has been laid to generate 9000 MWs of hydro energy in the State in next eight years. He said during the last five years his government has launched new power projects of the capacity of 1500 MWs as against 750 MW capacity projects constructed in the State since independence.
The Chief Minister said that during the last five years his government completed some 500 road projects, 265 bridges and constructed 8500 kilometres of new roads besides blacktopping 15000 kilometres and concretizing 19000 kilometres of roads. He said two flyovers one each at Srinagar and Jammu cities have been launched besides completing many important bridges.
The Chief Minister said that water supply system in Jammu has been augmented with 30 lakh gallons of water per day and Srinagar system by one crore gallons per day. He said over 1050 water supply schemes, 10000 hand pumps and 200 treatment plants have been completed during the last five years while 5000 schools have been provided with protected drinking water. He said 43 water testing laboratories have also been completed.
The Chief Minister said that during the last five years two Central Universities, two New Campuses of Kashmir University, 23 new Degree Colleges, 8500 new Schools, 18 new Polytechnics have been opened and operationalized in the State.
The Chief Minister said that 26 health institutions, two maternity hospitals and one super speciality hospital have been completed during the last five years. He said some 10000 doctors of various categories and para-medics have been appointed besides completing 15 hospital projects. He said 48 primary health centres have been completed and 18 districts provided with mobile medical units.
Omar Abdullah said that the progress on development front has been possible by the peace and normality which showed gradual improvement during the last five years. He said restoration of peace has helped in roping in large number of tourists in the State during the last five years.
The Chief Minister said that peace is of paramount importance to carry forward development and resolve all issues in an atmosphere of amity. He said gun is no answer to any problem and wars have never solved any issue but created many. He referred to his repeated efforts during the last five years to facilitate internal and external dialogue on political issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir and reiterated the need of restoring the process of dialogue between India and Pakistan and the particular political groups in State and the Centre so that issues are addressed in a peaceful and political manner.
The Chief Minister referred to the return of Kashmiri Pandits and said that they have been away from their native land for over 25 years. He said his government has taken initiatives to create conducive and secure atmosphere for their return. He said economic packages like employment to the youth of Kashmiri Pandits are also under implementation. He said 1500 boys and girls of KPs have been given jobs in the Valley and his government has submitted a special economic scheme for the rehabilitation of KPs to the Central Government.
The Chief Minister also mentioned the Rehabilitation Policy and said that 380 youth have returned under this policy. He said his government would continue to help rehabilitation and return of youth from POK who have not indulged in any violence and intend to live peaceful and normal life in the society.
The Chief Minister said that 2014 is significant for the State as both Parliamentary and Assembly Elections are being held in this year. He appealed the people to exercise their right to vote in large numbers adding that boycotts in the past have done no good to the people and these will also do no good in future.
The Chief Minister prayed for peace, prosperity and progress of the State and the Country and well-being of the people.