October 2000 News

Militancy is a kind of blessing: Farooq

20 October 2000
The Daily Excelsior
Exclsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Militancy in border states was a kind of blessing in disguise as the Centre realises backwardness of these states and gives more grants for their development, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said here today. ''Militancy is a sort of boon for Jammu and Kashmir and some states of North East as the Centre realises its mistakes and makes opportunities for providing more employment and development of the State,'' Abdullah said in his inaugural speech at a seminar organised for discussing the issue of greater autonomy to states. ''Prior to militancy, my State was receiving 90 per cent as loan and 10 per cent as grants despite being declared by the Centre among the list of 10 most backward states,'' Abdullah said. ''I had been moving from pillar to post to reverse the order but the then Finance Minister V P Singh declined to heed my request,'' Abdullah said. However, the moment guns started booming in the Valley, Singh, who had become Prime Minister by then, accepted the demand of the state but not before causing ''damage''. Abdullah asked the Centre not to resort to the use of Article 356 of the Constitution as it leads to a lot of bad blood between the State and the Union Government.


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