Patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Friday said that National Conference led coalition regime has failed to carry forward the equitable development agenda-which was implemented by the various PDP led government to ensure balanced development in the whole State. He, however, assured that PDP would formulate a comprehensive policy for inclusive growth of the State.
Addressing a public meeting at Batote to conclude his four days whirlwind tour of Pir Panchal and Chenab Valley regions, Mufti said that six years performance of coalition regime appeared only on papers. “Backwardness of Chenab Valley is result of the wrong policies adopted by the successive National Conference regimes”, he said.
Mufti observed that the region has huge tourism and power generation potential and there was a need to explore this potential to improve socio-economic conditions of the residents of Chenab Valley. He reminded the gathering that to explore the tourism potential in this region, the previous PDP regime had constituted tourism developmental authorities for different areas. He further mentioned towards the comprehensive plan which was formulated for creating tourism infrastructure at Jai Valley of Bhaderwah and other areas of Chenab Valley.
“We will develop this region as independent tourist destination to attract maximum number of tourists from inside and outside the country”, he said and announced water reservoir of Baglihar hydro-electric project would also be utilized for adventurous watersports. Pointing towards huge potential of generating power in this region, Mufti strongly demanded that locals should be given priority in the new hydro-electric projects to be started in this belt. “Instead of appointing locals on small petty jobs, the agencies engaged in executing the hydro-electric projects must open training centres here to train the local unemployed youth so as to engage them on technical jobs”, he demanded, adding, “employment opportunities for locals must be created while constructing hydro-electric projects in this belt.