The Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Thursday sought cooperation from the Army, Police and the Civil Administration in creating a peaceful environment to enable the new Government to implement its agenda of good governance and development brought in for the people of the State.
The Chief Minister was chairing his first meeting of the Unified Headquarters, after assuming charge, here today during which all issues related to the prevailing security and law-and-order situation were discussed threadbare.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, was also present in the meeting, which was attended by the top brass of the Army, Police and the Civil Administration.
The Chief Minister, in his opening remarks, complimented the participants in playing their role in strengthening the institution of democracy. He stressed upon the need for adopting a humane approach while dealing with law-and-order situations and exercising zero tolerance towards human rights’ violations. “The polls have been held in a very conducive atmosphere. We need to build upon the dividends for putting in place an effective and vibrant governance mechanism for seeking all-round development of the three regions for converting J&K into a self-reliant State,” he added.
Terming the formation of the new Government as a historic opportunity to usher in a new era for sustained peace and equitable development, the Chief Minister said the new dispensation will give its people an honest and accountable Government and implement its Agenda of the Alliance. “The people’s mandate has been historic and we have come together to change their future. They have gone through difficult times. We need to return the favour by giving them a Government that means business and is alive to their expectations. Without peace, the goals will be difficult to achieve,” he stated while complimenting the security forces and the civil administration for their agility and coordination in bringing in a perceptible change on the ground and maintaining peace in the State.
Spelling out his agenda of governance, the Chief Minister thanked the Union Government for agreeing on all points mentioned in the Agenda of the Alliance which will be the guiding framework for governance of the Coalition Government.
During the briefing by respective agencies about the present security scenario and law-and-order situation, the Chief Minister highlighted the need for putting an integrated plan in place for addressing security and development concerns and requirement for dealing in certain difficult areas.
On the issue of firing in border areas from across the IB & LoC, the Chief Minister called for enhanced vigil and asked the administration to provide shelter and all basic facilities to the people displaced at the time of firing.
On array of issues related to internal security and manning LoC and the International Border and land-related issues, the Chief Minister asked the Chief Secretary to shortly convene a Civil-Military Liaison (CML) meeting to iron out and resolve all pending issues.
During the meeting, the issue of use of modern technology and equipment for better surveillance was also discussed.
In his address, the Deputy Chief Minister said the new PDP-BJP Government will focus on economic and social issues confronting the State for which a peaceful environment has to be put in place. He said everybody will be taken on board to meet the challenges that the Government will face in strengthening the democratic institutions so that the people bear the fruits of good governance.
Chief Secretary, Iqbal Khanday, GoC-in-C, Northern Command, Lt. Gen, D. S. Hooda, Director General of Police, K. Rajendra Kumar, Special DG, CRPF (North Zone), J&K, R. C. Tayal, GoC XVI Corps, Lt. Gen. K. H. Singh, GoC XV Corps, Lt. Gen, Subrat Saha, GoC XIV Corps, Lt. Gen. B. S. Negi, GoC IX Corps, Lt. Gen Rajiv Tiwari, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister B. B. Vyas, Principal Secretary, Home, Suresh Kumar and Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir participated in the meeting.