Ensuring return of Kashmiri Pandits to home will be J-K govt.s first priority: Omar Abdullah

January 15th, 2009 - 10:44 pm ICT by ANI  

Jammu, Jan.15 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday stated that his governments first priority would be to establish conducive conditions for the Kashmiri Pandit community to return to the State.
Omar said his government would endeavour to restore a sense of security among Kashmiri Pandits.
The community has left the State and today exists in different parts of the country.
Omar was replying to demands of a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits. He said he would create conditions conducive for the community to return to their homes in the valley with dignity and respect.
Omar has instructed senior officers of the Power Development Department (PDD) to be more responsive to people’’s problems and to redress them speedily. Pointing out that the people have a lot of expectations from the new Government, Omar said: “Power is an important sector in which a lot of work can be done.”
The new chief minister asked the officers to come up with proposals for improving the transmission and distribution of power in the Valley and said viable ones would be given due consideration.
Noting that there were inordinate delays in repairing damaged transformers leading to prolonged power cuts, the Chief Minister told officials to create a buffer stock of the machines so that damaged ones can be replaced immediately.
Acting as a chief minister with a difference, he instructed the concerned officers to e-mail to him every Monday the status of damaged transformers, indicating the number of such transformers, their location and the number of days they have remained non-functional.
Omar told officers to fix a time-frame for undertaking repairs and to reactivate departmental workshops for carrying out the work.
Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats Ali Mohammad Sagar and Power Commissioner S. K. Nayak were also present at the meeting on Thursday. (ANI)

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