PDP, Only Alternative For People Of J&K: Mufti

   

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Reiterating his resolve to institutionalize transparency and accountability in the governance, patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Tuesday said that in its tenure of just three years PDP had proved how to deliver a good, effective and corruption free governance to the people.

He said that PDP had shown the way for strengthening democratic and constitutional institutions in the State by initiating various revolutionary steps during its short span in the power.

“With just 16 MLAs in its kitty, PDP had scripted a new chapter of peace, reconciliation, development and good governance in the history of Jammu and Kashmir”, Mufti said and added that PDP through its vision and commitment has changed political discourse of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing series of public meetings in R S Pura, Suchetgarh Samba, Chenani, Udhampur and Gandhi Nagar assembly segments in support of party candidates, Mufti reminded the people that his government had equipped the people with required law to wage war against corruption and nib this evil in the bud.

“We empowered people legally to scan the government functionaries from Chief Minister to the lowest ranking official by constituting State Accountability Commission (SAC)”, he said, adding,  “This was the first strong anti-corruption initiative taken by any government in the whole country”. He added that J&K, during the regime of PDP, became the first state in the country to constitute strong anti-draft institution by delegating adequate powers to the SAC.

“Our government had not only constituted independent institutions to keep vigil on government functioning but gave teeth to the same so that people are empowered to bring the corrupt to the book and help in bringing transparency in the functioning of the government”, he said and reminded the people during its tenure PDP had provided a corruption free transparent system to the people. Similarly the RTI Act was passed by the State legislature in 2004 where as at the national level RTI law was passed in 2005.

He said that it was all due to the good governance of PDP that peoples’ faith in democratic institutions was restored and there was political stability in the State during the tenure of PDP led regime.

“PDP led regime had set an example of good governance in the J&K by providing a corruption free accountable system to the people”, he said and recalled that during PDP led regime more than 70,000 Rehbar-e-Talim (ReT) teachers were appointed. Similarly more than 40000 Anganwari workers were also appointed but not even a single case of favourtism and nepotism was highlighted. “We institutionalized the recruitment process to ensure that only deserving and meritorious candidate should be recruited”, he said.

Recalling the worst situation prevailing in the State before formation of PDP government in 2002, PDP patron observed that to pull the State out of the morass of corruption, it got wallowed during the tenure National Conference from 1996 to 2002, was a difficult task.

“We concentrated on the issue through a different angle of involving people and strengthening the institutions as a right medium to curb the menace of corruption”, he said.

Mufti said that establishing transparency in public life and providing corruption free government was the centre point of governance for the PDP. “We had provided a government that delivered on all every fronts”, he observed.

“People of the State are aware about the performance of different parties and they need no sermons on how to elect a government that provides effective and honest administration, he said.

At Samba and R S Pura, Mufti highlighted miseries being faced by the border residents and reminded the people that it was only during the regime of PDP that there was complete calm and peace on the borders from Kathua to Kargil.

He said that a new chapter of friendship and trust in  India Pakistan relations was written with the initiatives of the then Prime Minister Atal  Behari Vajpayee during PDP led regime.  He mentioned that PDP was running a coalition with Congress but it was result of the conviction and sincerity of the state government that the then BJP led NDA regime at Centre had provided all possible assistance for the development of Jammu and Kashmir during that period.

Exuding confidence that PDP was going to form government in J&K with thumping majority, Mufti said “PDP is the only alternative before the people of Jammu and Kashmir because all other parties are exposed before the people for their double standard”, he said.

Responding to the demands of locals at R S Pura, Mufti promised that PDP, if voted to power, would convince the Central government for one time settlement of the refugees’ problem. He also promised to wave off tariff of water pumps installed in border belt for irrgation. He also assured that PDP government would ensure that farmers of border areas would cultivate their land up-to Zero Line and also assured on-spot recruitments in border areas.

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