Jammu and Kashmir News
In his address to a joint session of both the houses at the Sher-e-Kashmimr International Conference Centre, Governor NN Vohra, committed to safeguard the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir, which also had been stressed in the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ for forming basis of the PDP-BJP government.
He said that he was delighted to address a session for the first time, in the history of the state, with a lady as the Leader of the House and added that this historical event is a wonderful example of the emancipation and empowerment of women in our state.
In his 35-minute-long address, he called the PM’s bold initiative of reaching out to Pakistan, in a bid to establish lasting peace in the region, as welcoming for the state, particularly by the people who live along the border. He referred to the impact of the Prime Minister’s visit to Lahore and the subsequent bilateral dialogue at different levels. He said that these talks have generated hope for Jammu and Kashmir, which had for long borne the brunt of unstable relations between the two countries.
The Highlights of address are follows:
1. The number of youth from the state who are actively participating in the different National level exams and showing brilliant results. He forenamed the lads from Kashmir valley who had made it to the UPSC list this year and the last.
2. The belief of the government in reviving the culture, traditions and practices so that the youth are proud of their heritage and would instead contribute in thwarting unwholesome influences.
3. The fast-track recruitment policy, that is being followed for reaching out to remotest and the far-flung of the areas, where the vacancies have remained unfilled for the longest of periods, particularly in health and education departments.
4. The government has taken up the initiative of implementing the National Food Security Act, that will promote food security. After this, the number of beneficiaries will increase from 99 lakh under the public distribution system(PDS) to 1.19 crore, providing food security to 95 per cent of the population in the state.
While concluding his address, the Governor recalled the decade-long visionary leadership of the late CM Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. He recollected his unwavering commitment towards the interests of the people of J&K.
He further added that a collective tribute to Mufti Saheb, wherein everyone would join hands and work with single-minded devotion for generating an inclusive environment and securing rapid and equitable growth an development of the state.
He exclaimed how the former CM used to say that this House was the most empowered in the country. It is important to preserve sanctity and enhance productivity of this important democratic institution through meaningful discussions and constructive debates. Dissent is an inherent and valued element of democratic discourse between one and all, between those in government and those on the other side, and there should be no occasion to feel discouraged or offended by voices of dissent.
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