Replying to a question on the situation in the state at the National Editors' Conference here, Chidambaram said unless there is sense of peace and security Jammu and Kashmir cannot develop. He was confident that the present phase of "uncertainty" would come to an end.
"I am told yesterday was relatively peaceful. There was no curfew yesterday. I sincerely hope that people of Jammu and Kashmir will not heed the call of separatists but heed the call of government and civil society and try to help restore peace and order in the valley", said the finance minister.
"I am sure in month of April-May we will restore sense of security that the people of Jammu and Kashmir want," he said.
He said the state's prime developers were tourism, both pleasure as well as religious, which boomed in 2008 and reached a high point.