Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday complemented people for extending wholehearted support to him to restore peace and tranquility and strengthen institutions for public empowerment, transparency and good-governance.
“The unabated and definite public support to my efforts even in most challenging situations has acted as an elixir to carry forward peace and development agenda on firm footing and meaningfully”, he said and expressed gratitude to the people of the State for the faith they repose in him and his government.
Speaking to various deputations from all across the State, who called on him in a ‘Awami Mulaqat’ here, the Chief Minister reiterated his commitment for inclusive and equitable development of all regions and sub-regions of the State.
“Regardless of any consideration, my endeavour is to reach out all areas and all sections of the society in the process of development and facilitate resolution of all political issues in a peaceful and amicable situation”, he told a delegation of Gujjars and Bakerwals from Khonmoh and assured them of the commitment of his government for all weaker sections of the society including Gujjars, Bakerwals, Pahari speaking, Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and other backward sections.
Talking to a delegation of artisans from Srinagar, Omar Abdullah referred to various initiatives his government has initiated for the comprehensive development of handicrafts and artisans associated with this highly economic important activity. He said strengthening of this sector by initiation of cluster development of artisans associated with different handicrafts and registration of all artisans in the State to help them get benefited under different schemes is in progress adding that these will have greater impact on the development and upliftment of handicrafts and people associated with it.
The Chief Minister while talking to various other deputations from Baramulla, Kupwara, Islamabad, Shopian, Srinagar, Budgam, Beerwa, Sangarhama, Amargarh, Tral, Ramban, Rajouri and various other places referred to the historic enactment and implementation of Public Service Guarantee Act making service delivery of different important public services time bound and compulsory for the officials concerned.
“I have legally empowered you to get services from the government departments in a fixed time frame”, he told them adding that he has also given legal authority to the people to scan government functioning in all departments by asking questions on commissions and omissions and performance in various government departments under the Right to Information Act.
Omar Abdullah asked the people to use these important tools of empowerment for making administration prompt and delivery quick, and derive benefits besides helping in bringing transparency and good work culture in government departments.
Talking to a large deputation from Beerwa led by Mirwaiz Syed Abdul Lateef Shah, the Chief Minister said that universalization of education with special focus on technical education is receiving special attention of his government. He told the deputation that their demand of ITI in the area would be looked into positively.