J&K CM Addresses Largest Ever Kissan Rally In South Kashmir30 November 2010
Anantnag: “With the full cooperation of the masses, I am determined to usher the state of Jammu and Kashmir in an era prosperity and self sufficiency and added that the present government will actively work to ameliorate the conditions of Kissans and strengthen them which is the 60 percent of the population so that they play a vital role in realising the dream of self sufficiency in agriculture and other related sectors” said Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah while addressing a largest ever Kissan rally comprising of 30 thousand people in South Kashmir Anantnag today. The Kissans have arrived from every nook and corners of the south Kashmir and assembled in Anantnag town. Minister for Education, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Minister for Social Welfare, Ms. Sakina Itoo, Minister of State for Cooperatives, Dr. Manohar Lal, Minister of State for Fisheries, Haj and Auqaf, Aijaz Ahmad Khan, Minister for Agriculture, Javaid Ahmad Dar, Vice Chairman, Kissan Welfare Board, Dr. Rachpal Singh, Legislators, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Nazir Ahmad Gurez and MLC, Altaf Ahmad Kaloo addressed the mammoth gathering. While highlighting various agriculture oriented programmes launched by his government, the Chief Minister said that after realising the deterioration phase through which our saffron industry has passed, we succeeded in getting, Rs 376 crore sanctioned for its revival but he cautioned the Kissans and people associated with agriculture, horticulture, fruit industry to detect and isolate such elements who are trying to disrupt our world famous agriculture and horticulture products by selling degraded stuff in the name its respective famous reputed names associated with their places of production. Omar said that we can realise the vision of Naya Kashmir and Khushaal Kashmir only when we are able to strengthen our Kissans, who are the backbone of our society and comprises 60 percent of the population. While felicitating the people of south Kashmir for assembling in such a large number, Omar at the same time said that it is not only compliment for us but also a challenge to fulfil the expectations of people who have come here with various developmental oriented demands. He said that I have never claimed that we succeeded in fully accomplishing all the programmes whether it is provision of employment to our youth or completion of all developmental projects but we have a strong mission to achieve our targets as quickly as possible. He advised the vibrant gathering to play their vital role in restoration of peace so that their developmental works are completed without any delay. He said our mission is to provide agriculture tools, fertilisers, pesticides on time to the farmers so that they do not rust in stores because of abnormal situations but we are committed to provide all these necessary items to them at their doorsteps. He further advised them to adopt hybrid seed techniques and introduction of double cropping system, so that the limited land available to our farmers are able to produce maximum production out of it. He said that weather of the valley is not constant and its slight change brings havoc to the crops, sometimes heavy winds, rainstorm, hailstorm, sometimes heavy snow, flood, rainfall etc therefore, the crop insurance scheme has been launched by my government to benefit the affected farmers. Chief Minister said this time my government has decided to involve Kissans into budget discussions process so that the agriculture and farmer friendly budget is presented in ensuing assembly session where their demands for abolishing of VAT on agriculture tools and other related items is addressed appropriately. Omar Abdullah reminded people of Anantnag the day when nobody was speaking about issues of Jammu and Kashmir, it was he who spoke on the issue in presence of Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson, s. Sonia Gandhi during the inauguration of Train at Anantnag. Chief Minister said that some persons who were vociferously speaking about rehabilitation of youth who have crossed decades earlier LoC and left their children, kiths and kins on this side, but they threw such proposal in their dust bins during their own period, but it is present government today which had addressed this sensitive issue and issued appropriate orders for their rehabilitation, so that they are able to get their place back in the society and join their kiths and kins. He said it was the human problem and has been addressed accordingly. Omar Abdullah said while our government will work for Sadak, Paani and Bijli and at the same time we will be striving for solution of Jammu and Kashmir issue. He said that everyone is serious to solve the issue and the Home Minister of the country himself announced in the parliament that accession of Kashmir was made in unique circumstance and the solution is also required to be unique. The Chief Minister said that with the improvement of situation in the Kashmir valley, the government has also taken necessary steps in removing 25 bunkers from Srinagar city and CRPF Battalions have been shifted. Similarly, same methods will be adopted to Anantnag as well as in other towns with the fast improvement of the situation. Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir on the occasion said that main objective of holding Kissan melas is to provide latest technological know-how to the farmers at their doorsteps. He asked the farming community to come forward and take the benefits of various schemes already launched in the sector for enhancing their agricultural productivity. He said last year introduction of hybrid maize seed across the state have yielded encouraging results on the ground and hoped that within years Jammu and Kashmir would become self reliant in wheat production by introducing double crop system. Earlier, he inspected exhibition where agricultural products were displayed for information of progressive farmers and general public. Minister for School Education, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed said that the agriculture department has to do a lot on the ground to benefit the farmer community by providing latest techniques and tools to them which they stalled in the mela. He also appealed to provide relief to affected farmers due to natural calamity. Appreciating the steps taken by the agriculture department in streamlining the distribution of fertilisers, Minister for Social Welfare, Ms. Sakina Itoo said that for the welfare of the Kissans and addressing their grievances at the earliest, the government for the first time constituted a Kissan Welfare Board. Minister of State for Hajj, Auqaf and Fisheries, Aijaz Ahmad Khan said that Agriculture is the backbone of the state’s economy and added that the government is striving hard to benefit them and make this profitable activity so that the young generation opt it as an economic activity for their livelihood. Minister of State for Cooperatives, Dr. Manohar Lal said that our department had already started steps to provide Kissan Credit Cards to the farmers at block level and hoped within three years all the Kissans would get these cards. He said these cards would help a lot to the farming community. Minister of State for Agriculture, Javaid Ahmad Dar said that the first time our government shifted the technology from laboratory to fields so that the farmers get benefited with latest agriculture techniques. Vice Chairman, Kissan Welfare Board, Rachpal Singh said that the board would highlighted all the issues of farmers in higher forums. Vice Chancellor, SKUAST, Prof. Tej Pratap, Principal Secretary Agriculture, Mohammad Iqbal Khanday, Director Agriculture, Kashmir, Mian Majid and other HoDs of allied departments of Agriculture were present on the occasions.