Omar meets people at "Awami Mulaqat"
Srinagar, October 10 – Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today met hundreds of individuals and scores of deputations at ‘Awami Mulaqat’ here. He heard the public grievances and received various memoranda relating to different development demands.

The Chief Minister told the deputationists that a massive development programme has been launched across the State to reach out every area for equitable development. “Our focus is on making good of the losses incurred on development front due to unpleasant law and order situation in parts of the Valley”, he said and added that administration has been sensitized to redouble its efforts in realizing the targets and ensuring benefits to the people.

Omar Abdullah said that besides upgrading facilities in the five sectors of health, education, communication, water supply and power development, yet another initiative has been taken in the employment sector. “A scheme to engage 50,000 youth in various government and semi-government organizations has been initiated and the orbit of Sher-i-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth (SKEWPY) expanded to bring more unemployed persons under its purview.

The Chief Minister said that peace is imperative for all kinds of economic activities and sustained development. He said that the efforts initiated by the government to enhance employability of youth and ensure their jobs in the private sector received a setback in Kashmir due to law and order situation. “Many programmes launched by the private investors remained stand still. We are endeavouring to persuade these houses to re-start their projects”, he said.

Omar Abdullah sought the people’s cooperation in general and the cooperation from youth in particular in his efforts to lead the State towards progress and political stability.

Among the deputations which called on the Chief Minister were deputations from Bijbehara, Khan-Sahib, Anantnag, Srinagar, Beerwa, Budgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Nowshera, Kulgam, Pahalgam, etc. The deputations of doctors, Chowpan Welfare Association, artisans, NGOs, etc. also met the Chief Minister and brought to his notice various problems confronting them.

Various legislators including MLAs, R. S. Sharma, Kafeel-ur-Rehman, MLCs Abdul Gani Vakil and Altaf Ahmad Kaloo also met the Chief Minister and discusses various issues relating to the development of the State particularly concerning their constituencies.

The deputations led by the Political activist Dr. Veeri and Tariq Mohi-ud-Din raised various issues of public importance and development in the areas of Bijbehara and Khan-Sahib and requested for special attention of the government for speedy development of backward areas. They also raised the issue of unemployment and the need to tackle it in a befitting manner on large scale.

The individuals in their meeting with the Chief Minister sought his help in redressing the grievances on various counts. The Chief Minister patiently heard all and assured sympathetic consideration of genuine demands.

The deputations and individuals reiterated their whole-hearted support to Omar Abdullah in his sincere efforts to pull the State out of political and economic stress.

Minister of State for Tourism, Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani and Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr. Mubarak Gul were present on the occasion

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