April 2006 News

Ultras Know The Dangers Of Gun, Says The CM

6 April 2006
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the situation in the state was now fast changing and peace was here to stay. 'The ultras have understood the dangers and miseries of taking the gun,' the Chief Minister said.Talking to the media after addressing a public rally at Thathri in Doda district, he said relations between India and Pakistan have improved a lot and both the countries were eager to end the dialogue process with a promise of long-lasting friendship and security treaty. He said the first roundtable conference (RTC) has been of great success and the second RTC scheduled in Srinagar in May would be participated by all parties of the state. 'Separatists and other organisations not in mainstream should avail the historic opportunity to put forth their viewpoint in a democratic and free atmosphere in the second round-table conference in Srinagar,' said the Chief Minister. He said liberal economic assistance from the Centre would ensure khushali for Jammu and Kashmir. Emphasising the interest shown by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to see J&K on the road to progress, peace and prosperity, he said rebuilding of wrecked economic situation of the state was not possible without the Central support. 'The Central leadership and Congress president leave no opportunity to support and help the state and pave way for lasting peace,' said the Chief Minister. He said poverty in the rural areas was a big challenge before the state government and he has vowed to work with redoubled effort and sincerity to address this problem. 'During the next few years all leftout villages in the state would get connected with the roads to provide avenues of faster development and enhance trade and commerce activities,' added the Chief Minister. He said an integrated and comprehensive medicare development programme was already on the anvil to modernise health institutions and medical centres in the rural areas. Azad said special attention is being given to open new areas for tourism development, with Bhaderwah being a fit place of tourist attraction. 'A new tourist circuit right from Jammu-Bani-Bhaderwah-Kokernag and Srinagar is being developed to open up hitherto leftout areas for speedy economic growth,' he added. Large number of deputations, travelling from various areas called on the Chief Minister and showed their solidarity with him in his pursuit to create khushal Jammu and Kashmir. Those who spoke on the occasion included PCC President and Minister for Youth Services and Sports Peerzada Mohammad Sayed, Abdul Majid Wani MLA, G.M. Saroori MLA, Mohammad Sharief Niaz, Panchs and Sarpanchs and local leaders.


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