Omar For K-resolution Through Dialogue

26 July 2009
Greater Kashmir

Pulwama: The chief minister, Omar Abdullah, Sunday reiterated his government’s determination to kick-start a new chapter in state’s politico-developmental scenario. “While efforts will continue to resolve the all issues, external and internal, pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue process, measures would be taken to achieve new highs in economic development”, he told a public gathering after inaugurating two pump stations at Bahu (Tral) and Larkipora in the south Kashmir district of Pulwama. Omar said that he felt elated by inaugurating the scheme envisioned and piloted by late Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1979 and after 30 years his grandson translated the dream into reality. He appreciated the efforts of former Union Minister, Prof. Saif-ud-Din Soz, for financial support to complete the scheme, which would benefit about 2500 hectares of land in 18 villages of Tral and Rajpora areas. Abdullah praised the engineers and officials associated with the scheme and said that while government would be tough for the delays in implementation of works, it would reward the outstanding, energetic, honest and prompt officials. Saying that UPA Government at the Centre was aware of the problems, Omar thanked the central government for the highest ever annual plan of Rs. 5500 crore, plus Rs. 1200 crore making it Rs. 6700 crore, this year. The Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, highlighted the salient features of the scheme and said the state would achieve new goals in the development under Omar Abdullah’s leadership. He thanked Prof. Soz for his support and for arranging funds for the scheme. Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr. Mubarak Gul, Minister of State, PHE, Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani, legislators, Mr. Mohamad Khaleel Bund and Zahoor Ahmad Mir and MLCs were present on the occasion.