July 2007 News

Relocation Of Troops From Civilian Properties Has Begun: Azad

12 July 2007

Srinagar: The relocation of security forces from civilian properties in Jammu and Kashmir has already started though there is a need to give the process a push so that they can speedily arrange alternative accommodation for themselves, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said. Azad said relocation of security forces from government buildings and orchards has already started. There is a need to give the process a further push so that the forces can arrange alternate accommodation for themselves and infrastructure facilities under their occupation forces can be used for the purpose for which they were constructed, he told a day-long convention of the Congress in Budgam district. Azad said the internal situation in Pakistan during the past six months had temporarily halted the dialogue process with India. 'I am hopeful the situation in Pakistan will improve soon and allow the leadership of both sides to resume dialogues,' he said. Azad claimed his government has for the first time adopted a multi- pronged strategy to address issues on political, economic and social fronts simultaneously. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also initiated talks with national, regional and sub-regional parties of the state to assess the problems and viewpoints of the people at every level. Azad said a number of mega development projects had been taken up for economic reconstruction of the state. He said hospitals, schools, roads, drainage and sewerage and drinking water projects were being upgraded and new ones started. He said Rs 4,500 crore would be spent for development of Srinagar and upgrading civic amenities. He said schemes worth Rs 900 crore have already been sanctioned for the development of small and major cities and towns including Budgam. According to Azad, task forces had been set up to monitor implementation of infrastructure related works. He said this was necessitated to ensure timely utilisation of funds and completion of development projects.


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