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Omar Abdullah wants babus to keep all the promises before J&K goes to polls in 2014

Omar Abdullah said there are no deadlines attached to the withdrawal of AFSPA though he personally wants it to be rolled back from places which have turned peaceful.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Nov 05, 2012, 06.49 PM IST
SRINAGAR: On the day one of opening civil secretariat at Jammu for a six months stint, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said there are no deadlines attached to the withdrawal of AFSPA though he personally wants it to be rolled back from places which have turned peaceful.

“There are no deadline for the removal of AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) as of now,” Omar told a press conference soon after he took salute at the ceremonial parade within the premises of the civil secretariat. “The law will go but when, I cannot tell, you.”

Omar used the opportunity to criticize the persons who are enemies of peace. He said they have vested interest in continuation of the turmoil. “They try to disturb the tranquility in the name of region, religion, caste and creed and create wedge between various regions but we will fight their nefarious designs and defeat them,” he insisted. Chief Minister said he was aware of the statement that Muzaffrabad based Hizb ul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin has issued. “We will ensure security of the Panchs and Sarpanchs in all the vulnerable areas,” he said. Salahuddin had said

In an interview from PoK, Salahuddin had stated that the elected members of Panchayat Raj Institutions are being “exploited by India to project Kashmir as pro-India”. His outfit, he had said, will continue to target them. “No matter how much the government tries to secure them, they will still be attacked,” he was quoted saying asking them to resign and disallow getting used.

The reopening of durbar was smooth and peaceful. Members of Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC), fighting with the government over various issues including that of extending their serving age to 60 years, had planned surrounding the civil secretariat. Police had insulted the civil secretariat and deployed enough of police to keep the marching employees at bay.

After spending more than hour inauguration the extension of the civil; secretariat complex and upgraded clerical halls, Omar had a detailed meeting with the administrative secretaries. He announced rolling out of Result Framework Initiative (RFI) to assess the status of delivery on various public services.

“This would ensure assessment of the fulfillment of targets set by each department for the fiscal in accordance with the budgetary grants provided to it to complete the development schemes”, Omar said. Information in this regard would also be in public domain for every citizen to ascertain the status of progress on realization of targets fixed by the particular department for the year. He asked the administrative secretaries to sensitize departments under their control regarding the new initiative describing it second historic decision of the government after the one of Public Service Guarantee Act already implemented.

RFI, he said, is aimed at creating an in-build a system of assessment of functioning of all government departments and upgrading public scanning on delivery of services by these departments promised to them while fixing targets of various development schemes for the year. Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal will supervise the new initiative.

Creation of assessment system is to happen before the state goes to polls in 2014. Omar asked babus’ to gear up rank and file at all levels and make them aware that there is in fact only one year left to fulfill the commitments made by the government to the public on development front. “The year of 2014 will be the election year for both Parliamentary and Assembly Elections as such, whatever task left to be fulfilled by the government on realising its commitment has to be completed well before the end of 2013”, he said.

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