Massive const prog in JK with central funds: Azad

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Srinagar, Apr 11: Jammu and Kashmir government has launched a comprehensive infrastructure construction programme in all parts of the State due to huge funding available from the Center. Seeking full cooperation of the people in the massive developmental process in the state, Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad said the volume of developmental works undertaken in the State in last three years was unprecedented.

He said he had come to State with a definite agenda of speedy and sustained development. Addressing a public meeting after inaugurating three-day Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign at Gandarbal, the Chief Minister said the present Union Government has initiated a series of flagship programmes to provide basic amenities to all people in rural and urban areas.

Mr Azad said in last three years, comprehensive road construction in the State had been undertaken and in coming three years 3070 KM length of roads would be constructed with a cost of Rs 2, 000 crores.

Cautioning the people against the nefarious designs of disruptive elements having vested interests in abnormal conditions, the Chief Minister said, ''the objective of the Bharat Nirman Campaign is to make people aware about the Central Government's flagship programmes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sarak Yojana, NREGS and National Rural Health Mission.'' He said in the disturbed conditions the vested interest groups were drawing bills for the work which was never done on ground.

Mr Azad ensured that he would see that the money meant for the developmental works was actually spent on ground for the welfare of the people.

He lamented that the vested interest groups never want normalcy in the State and even political leaders and media of that sect are also painting the situation in such a way so that the situation remains disturbed.

Pointing to the improvement in the overall situation in the State, the Chief Minister said his government had taken stringent measures to stop any human rights violations by police and security forces.

He referred to an incident in the Gandarbal area, one-and-a half year ago, in which four innocent people were killed by police in custody and later the SSP and other four involved police personnel were arrested.

The Chief Minister asserted that such an action by his government had the desired impact and there was no custodial killing during last one and a half year.

UNI

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