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  • `Efforts of youth empowerment must reach to rural areas’

SRINAGAR: Emphasizing on the need to have peaceful relationships with neighbouring countries, Member Legislative Council Firdous Tak Friday said that being border state Jammu and Kashmir has the highest stakes in the peace efforts between Indian and Pakistan. “Ours is not a party which says one thing while in power and other while in opposition. We have and will always advocate and work for the peaceful relationships between Government of India and Pakistan as it is the state of Jammu and Kashmir which pays for any hostility between the neighbouring countries”, Tak said while participating in the discussion on governor’s address in the Legislative Council, here today.

Referring to the Governor address where he has emphasized for the peaceful relationships as envisaged in the Agenda of Alliance between ruling PDP and BJP, the legislator said that people of state have paid heavy price for the hostilities and they are strongly believe that peace in the sub-continent was need of the hour. “You cannot have development when your armies are at war. The peace on the borders not only ensure relief for the residents living on the either side of the fence but it also allow the elected governments to work for the betterment and prosperity of nation”, he said.

He also emphasized on the need to address internal dimensions of the problem by engaging all those who have a different opinion and have grievances against the democratic setup. “We all have to give peace a chance. PDP under the leadership of Late Mufti Muhammad Sayed has delivered on the ground and we will do it again but for any development peaceful atmosphere was prerequisite”, he added.

Hailing the state government’s efforts to reach out to the youth and young entrepreneurs, Firdous Tak said that the process shall not remain confined to the urban areas like twin capital cities but the population in the rural belt shall get the dividends as well. “Youth are our biggest resource and we need to channelize this energy for the development and prosperity of the state”, he said while demanding special programmes for the skilled and unskilled youth living in rural areas, especially Chenab Valley.

 He hailed various initiatives taken by the present dispensation and previous government headed by Late Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayed terming them as historic and development oriented. However, he said that more needs to be done in order to streamline the system at the ground level.

He welcomed the announcement made in the address regarding establishment of maternity hospitals at the district level saying it will revolutionize maternity and child care in the state. “However, I would also like to draw the attention of the government towards the problems in the rural areas where there even the shortage of basic health care facilities. Pregnancy still is a curse in the rural areas where a woman is not sure to survive of labour pain due to non-availability of any facility”, he said demanding a complete revamp of health care facilities in the state.

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  • Chairman, legislators speak on the obituary references

SRINAGAR: Describing late Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as one of the leading political stalwarts of the Indian Sub- continent, the Chairman Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali today said that the contribution rendered by the late leader is historic and would be remembered for years to come. The Chairman further said that Sayeed worked tirelessly for the socio-economic upliftment of the State, besides ensuring political empowerment people. He said that Mufti Sahab was also a great philanthropist to the core.

While paying tributes to Late General K. V. Krishna Rao, Ex-Governor of J&K State, Ex-Speakers of  Lok Sabha Balram Jakhar, and  P. A. Sangma, Ex-Minister Choudhary Lal Mohammad Sabir, Ex-Minister Mohammad Khalil Jowhar, Ex-Minister Dr. Ramesh Chander Sharma, Ex-MLA Sehdev Singh and Ex-MLA Mohammad Maqbool Mohjoo, the Chairman said that their role in the socio-political circles is well known and will be remembered for times to come.

Paying glowing tributes to former Chief Minister late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Minister for Health and Medical Education, Mr. Bali Bhagat, said that he had dedicated his entire life for the development and political empowerment of the people of the State, besides ensuring that the benefit of various developmental initiatives reaches to the people. He said that Sayeed was the man of principles who never compromised on his ideology.

He also paid rich tributes to Late General K. V. Krishna Rao, Ex-Governor of J&K State, Ex-Speakers of Lok Sabha Balram Jakhar and Lok Sabha P. A. Sangma, Ex-Minister Choudhary Lal Mohammad Sabir, Ex-Minister Mohammad Khalil Jowhar, Ex-Minister Dr. Ramesh Chander Sharma, Ex-MLA Sehdev Singh and Ex-MLA Mohammad Maqbool Mohjoo and said that their contribution will be remembered for long.  The Deputy Chairman Legislative Council, Mr. Jehangir Hussain Mir, also paid rich tributes to the Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and described him as a visionary leader whose political thought was ahead of the times.

 Legislators,  Mr. Ghulam Nabi Monga, Mr. Sajad Ahmad Kichloo, Mr. Ramesh Arora, Mr. Saifullah Bhat, Mr. Mohammad Muzaffar Parray, Mr. Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, Dr. Bashir Ahmad Shah (Veeri), Mr. Sham Lal Bhagat, Mr. Naresh Kumar Gupta, Mr. Ashok Khujaria, Mr. Ajatshatru Singh, Mr. Surinder Ambardar, Mr. Yashpal Sharma, Mr. Vibodh Gupta, Mr. Surinder Chaudhary, Mr. Sofi Yousuf, Mr. Charanjeet Singh Khalsa, Mr. Khursheed Aalam, Mr. Vikram Aditya Singh, Mr. Fridous Ahmad Tak and Mr. Dharam Veer Singh Obroi also paid rich tributes to Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Late General K. V. Krishna Rao, Ex-Governor of J&K State, Ex-Speakers of Lok Sabha Late Balram Jakhar and late P. A. Sangma, Ex-Minister Late Choudhary Lal Mohammad Sabir, Ex-Minister Late Mohammad Khalil Jowhar, Ex-Minister Late Dr. Ramesh Chander Sharma, Ex-MLA late Sehdev Singh and Ex-MLA late Mohammad Maqbool Mohjoo  and said that their contribution will be remembered for long. They said these leaders have played a significant role in strengthening democracy and democratic institutions in the State. Later a two-minute silence was observed by the Council members in the memory of the deceased leaders to pray for their eternal peace.

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SRINAGAR: Chairman Legislative Council Haji Anayat Ali today presented the first report of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) for the 114th Session of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council. The report was moved by Mr Ajatshatru Singh which was unanimously agreed by the House.