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People should come forward to curb corruption: Azad

Written by: Staff

Jammu, Mar 4: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has said people here should come forward to weed out the problem of 'corruption' in order to bring prosperity to the state.

Stressing that a mass movement against corruption was required as its getting ''unalterable'' with every passing day, the Chief Minister said, ''The government alone cannot curb the menance without active participation of the common man. You can solve the Kashmir issue after negotiations but it is very difficult to tackle corruption.'' Mr Azad, during his concluding remarks in the Legislative Council yesterday, said that besides the State Vigilance Organisation (SVA), the State Accountability Commission (SAC) has been set up to make the people aware about dangers of the corruption so that they would come up against it collectively.

''We are trying for honesty, good work culture, responsive administration and transparency for the prosperity of the state. All of us should work in this direction with firm commitment.'' Asserting that peace was imperative for development of the state, Mr Azad highlighted the role played by the successive Central governments for creating peace in the state with the neighbouring country.

Hailing the recently-held roundtable conference by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the national capital, Mr Azad also expressed gratitute to the Centre for allocation of Rs 5648 crore for the next financial year. ''The state would also get tremendous benefits under 'Bharat Nirman', Food for Work, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Urban Renewal Mission and other such centrally sponsored schemes. These schemes would also provide employment to the people especially in rural areas.'' While the state government was making all efforts to create employment opportunities in government services, he said, 100 per cent absorption was not possible. ''We have to explore industrial, tourism, agriculture, horticulture and other such sectors to generate employment.'' Referring to alleged human rights violation, the Chief Minister said he has given ''categorical instructions to the security forces that no custodial deaths would be tolerated and any violation on this account would amount to crime within the ambit of law''.

Expressing grief over the unfortunate Handwara incident, he said ''orders for judicial inquiry into the incident have been given and Magisterial inquiry is already on. He appealed all to collectively work to end militancy in the state.

The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to President APJ Abdul Kalam, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister and other leaders for visiting earthquake survivors and providing unprecedented financial assistance to the state. He also lauded the role of Army, NGOs and others in rescue and relief operations.


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