Jammu Dec 31 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today on the new year eve promised that the development process in the state would further be consolidated in 2008.
Hoping that the new year will usher J&K in an era of complete peace and prosperity, Mr Azad said in his message that he was confident that 2008 would be a year of development, peace and progress for the state and its people.
He reiterated his commitment that his government would do justice with all people and regions in matters of development.
The Chief Minister described 2007 as the year of massive infrastructure development in the state with the focus of the government on reaching out to the neglected and deprived areas.
He said basic amenities like road connectivity, drinking water, schools, hospitals and power remained the thrust areas, benefiting large sections of people especially in remote pockets.
He said the year 2007 also saw a new work culture developing in the state resulting in timely completion of important development projects.
On the security front also, Mr Azad noted that violence remained the lowest ever in comparison to the past two decades.
He expressed the resolve of his government to work with more vigour and dedication during the next year to change the economic profile of J&K.