Leaders Put United Face, Big Crowd Boosts Morale
27 August 2003
The Times of India
Jammu: Deputy Chief Minister, Pt. Mangat Ram Sharma has today said that the coalition government has succeeded in delivering goods to the people at the grass root level ascertaining that the pace of development will further be accelerated under Common Minimum Programme (CMP). Addressing at the one day convention of District Congress Committee, Jammu (Rural) at Maralia in R. S. Pura tehsil of Jammu district today, Sharma said that the coalition government has come to the expectations of the people who have heaved a sigh of relief after the Assembly elections. He added that an apparent change in the working of different departments has been witnessed by the people who have practiced their franchise in favour of the new coalition government. The Deputy Chief Minister said that for the first time in the history of state, the government has taken effective steps to fulfill the important demands of the people. Referring to inclusion of Dogri in to the 8th schedule, Sharma reiterated that the matter has been given top priority and the government have recommended the case to the centre for approval. Regarding Wazir Commission report, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the coordination committee has recommended its implementation in letter and spirit. While referring to implementation of Panchayati Raj in the state, Sharma reiterated that it was a dream of late Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi which has to be given final shape in due course of time. He also laid stress on strengthening the panchayats and giving more representation to the women in civic institutions. Exclaiming over the setback the state has received due to 12-years of militancy in the state, the Deputy Chief Minister said that this nightmare has further added to the pain and agony of the people. He said that the coalition government has initiated number of steps to solve problems of un-employment, law and order, under development, social evils and corruption etc. He said that to overcome the problem of un-employment, a programme of providing jobs on contractual basic has been launched through out the state. The menace of corruption in the administration is also being tackled affectively, he added. Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress President and President Coordination Committee, Ghulam Nabi Azad while highlighting the achievements of present coalition government said that the working of all the departments has been streamlined to a large extent. Referring to the financial aid being provided by the centre to the militancy affected state, Azad demanded that this incentive should also be extended to J&K on the pattern of NE states. He added that maximum social welfare schemes under the CMP are being implemented speedily by the coalition government. Regarding the unemployment problem, Azad said that centre has been asked to raise battalions of CRPF and Army to recruit the local youth of the state in security forces. Lauding the beautification drive launched by the government under CMP in cities of Jammu and Srinagar, PCC President said that some petty businessmen were also affected under the drive. He stressed the need for compensating them properly so that they can earn their livelihood. Minister for Social Welfare, Mula Ram, Minister for Health and Medical, Ch. Lal Singh, Minister for Roads and Buildings, Madan Lal Sharma and Minister of State for Rural Development, Gharu Ram also addressed the convention. Minister for Social Welfare, Mula Ram said that about 85 per cent of the total population is associated with the social welfare department. Giving a resume of the achievements of his department, Mula Ram disclosed that the coalition government has taken important decisions for socio economic elevation of the people. He said the department has been provided two separate directorates, one each for Jammu and Srinagar. He said that old age pensions has been enhanced and is being provided to the people at their doorsteps besides the age bar for widow pension has also been relaxed, he added. Minister for Health and Medical Education, Lal Singh while giving detailed resume of reforms in his department, said that a sea change has taken place in functioning of health institutions of the state since present government took over. As a part of this, he mentioned formation of new drug policy, dress code for medical and para medical staff, observation of punctuality, maintaining sanitation etc. Minister for Roads and Buildings, Madan Lal Sharma, reiterated the government's resolve to provide basic amenities to the people living in rural areas. He apprised the convention about of the developments made in the Roads and Buildings sector throughout the state. Minister of State for Rural Development, Gharu Ram appreciated the public for their cooperation to the government and stressed the need for strengthening secular and democratic forces in the state.