Chief minister, Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that people are best judges to gauge the performance of his government adding that the work done on the ground would speak loud and clear for the people-friendly policies adopted by his government to steer the state towards peace, prosperity and economic welfare.
Talking to media persons at Audar after laying foundation of a bridge, the chief minister said he has faith in the almighty and public support. He said, "People will judge us on our performance and achievements," and added that the report card of the government is in the public domain and it will be further elaborated before the 2014 elections.
The chief minister while interacting with the students after inaugurating the Rs 10 crore college complex for Degree College at Bijbehara said that youth are the architect of new and modern Jammu and Kashmir and asked them to take their studies seriously and prove their merit and ability at all levels.
"You are the future of the state and the progress, prosperity and well-being of the people of Jammu and Kashmir lay in your hands," he told the students in an interactive session with them.
The college presently imparts education in the subjects of general English, Urdu, History, education, environment sciences, economics, Islamic Studies, Arabic, applied mathematics, computer applications, political science, zoology, botany, chemistry and physics. At present, 2175 students have enrolled which include, 976 male and 1199 female students.
The students asked various questions to the chief minister on different subjects including, socio-economic development of the state, government policies pertaining to the universalisation of elementary and higher education and the inclusive development of the state.
The chief minister said that his government is giving due attention to the process of expansion and consolidation in the education sector.
He said accessibility to higher education has been flagged as an important concern so that students living in villages and far off places have ample opportunity to pursue their higher educational goals.
Omar Abdullah laid stress on making education an apolitical sector and creating befitting educational environment in schools, colleges and universities so that development of human resource takes place in its right perspective and the educational institutions produce talented, qualified and capable human resource.
The chief minister also laid a foundation of Rs 13 crore for Trauma Hospital at Bijbehara and a modern fruit and vegetable market at Jablipora. He also laid a foundation of Rs 5.62 crore for a bridge at Saphen Audar. The 50 metre long bridge would benefit a population of 10,000 residing in six villages in the Bijbehara constituency.
The Chief Minister said that the Jablipora Fruit and Vegetable Mandi will give impetus to the fruit marketing in Bijbehara and adjacent areas and generate various economic activities for locals. He said the fruit market will be developed over an area of 440 kanals.
The proposed market is just half a kilometre from National Highway and adjacent to the railway track. The completion of the market is likely to cost Rs. 35 crores. Approximately 600 shop sites would be developed in the market besides Auction Platform, Market Yards, Weighing Bridge, Administrative Block, Bank, Post Office, Cold Storage, Kissan Ghar, Cable Network, High-mast lights, etc.