Reduction in troops linked to ground situation: CM5 April 2011
The Daily Excelsior
SRINAGAR: Expressing satisfaction over the renewed progress on Indo-Pak talks, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today linked the downsizing of security personnel with the improvement in situation in State. 'I hope no security force person is seen on the streets or roads but situation should improve fast in the State,' Omar said while interacting with several delegations of civil society here. The Chief Minister said with the improving situation, Government has removed bunkers from city and the process will continue. Omar reiterated the fact that fundamental issue of Jammu and Kashmir is of a political nature and requires a political solution. He said that he conveyed the same in presence of Prime Minister when the train was inaugurated in Anantnag and also repeated the same in Assembly. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram told the Parliament that accession of State with India is unique and need unique solution also, the Chief Minister said. The civil society has to play an important role in preventing the repeat of summer protests which badly affected economy of the Kashmir valley during the past three years, he said. 'Civil society has important role to play to ensure congenial atmosphere during ensuing summer so that lakhs of people associated with tourism, trade and allied activities are not deprived of their livelihood,' he said. It is surprising that those separatists who do not feel shy in talking to Parliament members are not ready to talk to Centre-appointed Interlocutors, who have made it clear that they are ready to listen to anybody on any issue, Omar said. The Chief Minister expressed his satisfaction on renewed progress on the Indo-Pak talks after Mumbai episode and said that the renewal of dialogue process is very significant. Omar said 62-year-long problem cannot be solved in shortest possible time but he acknowledged that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is keen and serious in his determination in improving relationship with Pakistan. While referring to stoppage of passports to the kiths and kins of militants, the Chief Minister said he has issued the directions to CID department that clearance of passports shall not be stopped in case anybody's relative is involved in the militancy. 'Since there is huge back log of 20-years, priority will be given for Hajj pilgrims,' he said. Amid the ongoing demand of a stronger Lokpal Bill at the Centre, Omar said the Government would consider the amendments to State vigilance Act as suggested by a group of activists. 'Whatever amendments are required in the Act shall be considered and Law Minister will be suggested to put up the same so that the fresh ordinance is issued for giving more teeth to Vigilance Commission with such amended provisions,' Omar said here. Recently RTI volunteers in an open letter to the Chief Minister suggested several amendments in the act. 'I agree with them (volunteers),' he said and appreciated that civil society and volunteers of RTI movement have initiated a new debate of making certain amendments in the State Vigilance Act for making it more effective and vibrant. The Chief Minister while responding to various questions regarding power said it is endeavour of Government to make State self sufficient in power sector but civil society has to play a role in extending cooperation to the Government to check power theft and pilferage. The Chief Minister said that his Government is very keen in providing skill development to the youth and create such an atmosphere for them so that sports and cultural talent is explored in proper manner and they are able to find different openings for building up their professional career. Mr Abdullah said that with the improvement in situation Government has removed bunkers from city and process will continue and added that he hopes no security force person is seen on the streets or roads but situation should improve fast. He said civil policing concept is being strengthened and police has been advised to establish police-people contact on large scale. The Chief Minister expressed his deep concern on taking drugs by a section of youth and said import of corers is on higher scale and same corex is being taken by youngsters as drug. He said civil society should come forward in arresting this menace. He said that juvenile centers would be established to reform the youth and these centers will be away from jails and police stations. Regarding the development of Srinagar, the Chief Minister said RITES consultancy has been sought which will take care of roads and traffic management.