Chief minister Omar Abdullah has appealed to the youth protesting over the Delhi gang-rape case to raise their voice peacefully and do not fall prey to the designs of those who want to use them for their vested interests.
This was stated by the chief minister during a function organised by a private TV news channel in New Delhi on Saturday evening.
"Keep your protest peaceful and under control so that attention from the real aspect of seeking justice to the affected person is not diluted or diverted towards some other aspects like those of using water cannons and teargas shells", he said asking them not to trespass barricades or charge on Parliament House, etc.
"God forbid someone can get severely injured by teargas shell or even some precious human life can be lost", he said maintaining that this would divert the attention from the main objective of seeking justice for the affected girl and vested interests are always in search of such occasions.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir was given the best award for poverty reduction by the news channel. The chief minister received the award from Lok Sabha speaker Meera.
Omar said the process of poverty alleviation was kick-started in the state by late chief minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah when he announced and implemented agrarian reforms. He further said his government was focusing on reduction of poverty by generating wide-ranging economic activities all across the state and converting potential in various sectors into employment opportunities for people in general and youth in particular. He said job creation has been flagged as one of the most important concerns in the state's development policy.
The chief minister said poverty alleviation was being attended on priority by various initiatives put in place in the sectors of rural development, housing and urban development, social welfare, agriculture, horticulture, industry. He said job opportunity orbit for people in power, health, education, water supply, roads and bridges and tourism is being expanded through infrastructure development projects and other schemes.