August 2003 News

Make J&K Davos Of East: Mufti

29 August 2003
The Times of India

Srinagar: Envisioning Kashmir as Davos of East that could be itinerary of various governments, corporates and other institutions, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that today's distinguished gathering mirrors the collective will of the people of country to reach out to Kashmir that has been crying for attention. Saying that J&K could be potential host to hundreds of Davos, Kyotos and Genevas, he expressed optimism that progress on country's road to peace would determine how soon J&K could play host to first conference of the neighbouring countries as well. Welcoming Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and other distinguished participants at the council meeting being held outside New Delhi for the first time, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that no other gathering could have brought home to the people of the state the perceptible sentiment of goodwill for us that is now sweeping the sub-continent following the message of peace of Prime Minister from Srinagar in April last and its endorsement by Sonia Gandhi and country's entire political spectrum. 'I believe it provides the right ambiance for carrying forward the message of reconciliation and engagement at the highest political level for addressing all dimensions of problem to achieve sustainable peace', he said. Chief Minister added that 'it would ensure Jammu and Kashmir to be a show window not only for its scenic beauty but as a model for peaceful co-existence, true federal spirit, fair play, justice and mutual respect'. He expressed the hope that today's distinguished gathering would share his dream. Mufti Sayeed sought the attention of the Council to the subject of good governance and said that it has a focussed application in Jammu and Kashmir. He said response of people of the state to attempts at improving their day to day life and making administration more responsive, could be a valuable input for conflict resolution. He said while, the process at political and diplomatic level to address Kashmir issue is in progress, the people of the state have taken note of government's effort at effecting transparency in its functioning and bringing accountability. Extending warm greetings to Prime Minister and other distinguished personalities to accept his request to host council meeting in Srinagar, Mufti Sayeed said that he considered it as a statement of goodwill, faith and trust of over a billion compatriots. He said he considered the council meeting here as a giant step forward in renewal of bonds between Jammu and Kashmir and rest of country at political and psychological level. Requesting delegates to bear with him inadequacy of infrastructure, he however added that love and warmth of people of Jammu and Kashmir would make up short comings which, he said, is represented in words of Urdu poet Pt. Narayan Chakbast, 'Zarra zarra hai mere Kashmir ka mehman nawaz'. The Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram Sharma, Finance Minister M H Baig, Chief Secretary, Dr Sudhir S Bloeria, Financial Commissioner, Home, S D Singh, Principal Secretary, Planning and Development Vijay Bakaya and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister M I Khandey are representing Jammu and Kashmir at the Council.


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