Omar Asks GoI To Invite UJC, Separatists For Talks On K-issue

21 December 2008

Srinagar: National Conference president Omar Abdullah on Sunday urged government of India to involve the United Jihad Council, the conglomerate of the militant outfits, and separatists groups in a dialogue process for the permanent resolution of Kashmir issue. Omar said the National Conference firmly believes that Kashmir can be resolved through a process of sustainable dialogue between India, Pakistan, UJC, Hurriyat Conference and other pro-freedom groups. The NC president was addressing a series of election rallies in Zadibal and Amira Kadal constituencies of the city. Lashing out at the erstwhile PDP-Coalition government, Omar said during the coalition rule the state was pushed towards darkness. “Not a single sector including tourism or fruit industry witnessed any kind of development during the PDP-Congress rule,” he said. He said during the National Conference rule from 1996 to 2002 each minister drew a net salary of Rs 18,000 and Rehbar-e-Taleem and Rehbar-e-Zirat employees were given the monthly stipends of Rs 1500. “During the coalition rule the salary of each minister was hiked to Rs 40,000 but the government didn’t bother to address the day-to-day problems of people,” Omar said. In a scathing attack, he said the Coalition government miserably failed to develop the summer capital. He said the PDP leaders were claiming to develop the city if voted to power but they were the same people who had planned to shift the capital to Parihaspora in Pattan. He said the coalition government only gave bad roads, electronic meters, bulldozers, unemployment and worst civic amenities to the residents of Srinagar in the last six years. “National Conference would develop Srinagar on most modern lines and it will truly be developed as the Venice of Asia,” Omar said. Omar said the assembly elections have no bearing on the Kashmir issue and these are only to resolve the day-to-day issues of the people. Omar said the National Conference would work for the equitable development of the state and will usher a new era of unprecedented development and growth. He said National Conference would focus on providing employment to the educated unemployed youth of the state. Omar said among the highest priorities of the National Conference government after coming to power will be to provide for adequate delivery of quality ration and other essential commodities across the state at reasonable prices. He said the National Conference government will reduce the price of the LPG by rupees fifty and the cost of essential commodities shall also be lowered by 25-30 percent. Referring to the mis-utilization of the funds by the Coalition government, Omar said they (PDP-Congress) have to answer as to where they have spent the Rs 24000 crore package received from the government of India for reviving the economy and providing basic amenities to the people of the state. “They are accountable for each and every single penny mis-utilized by them,” Omar said.