Omar seeks people's cooperation to realise his dream of developed, prosperous J&K

25 January 2009
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, has said that he has a dream to make Jammu and Kashmir a developed and prosperous State even as he sought cooperation from everyone to realize this vision. In his Republic Day message to the people, Abdullah promised a responsive, people-friendly and accountable administration and enunciated the agenda of his Government. He spelt out his priorities in making Jammu and Kashmir a role model State. He said youth are the greatest treasure of any nation and it is imperative that this human resource is properly channelized, adding that he himself is young and fully aware about the problems of the youth. The Chief Minister said the State is confronted with the problem of unemployment and that there are not sufficient avenues to properly utilize the talent of the youth. He said though his Government is taking quick to fill up all the vacancies in the Government sector, he feels that this is not the ultimate solution to tackle unemployment, because there are limited opportunities in the Government sector. He said we have to think ahead of it and involve private sector in the creation of job opportunities. He said that he will focus on infrastructure development for honing the skills of our youth so that their employability in the industrial and other allied sectors is improved. The Chief Minister asserted that he would prefer to be judged by the people on the basis of the performance of his Government, saying actions speak louder than words. 'We have just made a beginning and the goal is still far away', said the Chief Minister, adding that we have started our journey with a firm resolve. He prayed that the Almighty helps us in taking the State to new heights of development. 'You are aware that Jammu and Kashmir has passed through a difficult phase and violence not only caused irreparable loss of life and property but also destroyed the economy of the State', the Chief Minister said, adding that the situation has now improved to a great extent for which the credit goes to the people, Army, security forces and the police, who laid down their lives for protecting the people and the integrity of the country. He said the improvement in the overall situation is a good opportunity for his Government to take forward the agenda of development in the new environment. Referring to the just-concluded Assembly elections in the State, he congratulated the Election Commission, State Election Department and the officers and employees for holding free, fair and transparent elections. He said that it would be his endeavour to take all sections of people along. 'I have great faith in democracy and I want to carry opposition along, as in a democratic set up a positive opposition is a must', Abdullah said. Similarly, the Chief Minister said he favoured free and impartial media since both the media and the opposition keep the Government on the right track. He said that if the Government, opposition and media play their role honestly, there is no doubt that the State will attain new heights of development. Referring to the Mumbai attacks and strained relations between India and Pakistan, the Chief Minister said that when such a situation takes place, it impacts Jammu and Kashmir directly. He hoped that the relations between the two countries improve and the entire region witnesses peace and development. Greeting the people on the occasion of the 60th Republic Day, the Chief Minister recalled the sacrifices of thousands of people who laid down their lives for independence of the nation. Paying tributes to the leaders who made the country the largest democracy of the world, he said this day reminds us of the contribution of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Dr.Bhimrao Ambedkar and Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, who have inspired generations to realize the vision of making India a developed nation.