Development process governed by justice not political considerations

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Srinagar, May 6 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said the development initiative launched by his government in the state was governed by the principle of justice and not party or electoral considerations.

Addressing the Bandipora District Development Board meeting, Mr Azad said he was the first Chief Minister of the state in 60 years who worked above political considerations for development.

He said he did not resort to political considerations even in his own constituency where he had not interfered with the development activities.

''Leaders of opposition parties also sit with me in public meetings and actively participate in identifying and implementation of development projects,'' he said.

The Chief Minister said development and justice were his main planks and people of the state his priority.

''I do not believe in promoting one region over the expense of other or take decisions on caste, religion or region basis,'' he said, adding the government was actively involved in the equitable development of different areas and regions of the state while neglected and underdeveloped areas were given special focus.

He said his emphasis had been on providing amenities to people of the state and improving and upgrading the existing facilities across J&K.

The meeting approved the current year's annual plan of the district at Rs 41.27 crore, registering an increase of 34 per cent over the previous year's plan of Rs 30.71 crore.

However, the Chief Minister announced another Rs 11 crore for execution of works under the fast track scheme to provide immediate relief to people by completing projects long pending for want of adequate funds.

He said with this additional amount, the actual increase of the allocations for the district over the previous year would be 75 per cent.

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