May 2016 News

Interests Of Jammu And Kashmir Will Be Safeguarded: Mehbooba Mufti

9 May 2016
India Today
Ashraf Wani

Srinagar: The Civil Secretariat and other offices opened in Srinagar on Monday after the annual darbar move from Jammu, the winter capital of the state. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti upon her arrival at the Civil Secretariat, inspected the ceremonial parade and received Guard-of-Honour by a contingent of Jammu and Kashmir Police, she was also welcomed by ministers, Chief Secretary, DGP, Administrative Secretaries, senior officers, besides other employees. Reacting to queries from media-persons, the Chief Minister said all kinds of speculations are going around creating unnecessary confusion and tension among the public. She further added that the people should feel assured that no such action will be allowed, which is detrimental to the interests of the state. On NIT and NEET, the Chief Minister said the government has already addressed both the issues. As regards Sainik Colony, she said we should not get carried away by mere rumour to the extent that the whole atmosphere gets vitiated. She made it abundantly clear that no land has been allotted by the government to establish such colony. Mehbooba Mufti urged both the local media and people to help in maintaining a peaceful and conducive atmosphere in the valley so that inflow of tourists continues. She said travel industry is one of the backbones of the state's economy, which has been hugely affected due to uncertainty, more so the colossal floods of 2014. 'Any untoward incident leads to a situation which not only negatively impacts the inflow of tourists but also affects our day-to-day-life,' she added. The Chief Minister later inaugurated the re-modelled Hall of the Labour & Employment Department as well as the newly-constructed Corridor Block in the first floor of the Secretariat. She also went around some of the offices and interacted with the employees before resuming her routine duties.