Omar to take up enhancement of Hajj quota with Centre

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah will request government of India for enhancement of Hajj quota for Kashmir.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2013 20:58 IST

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah will request government of India for enhancement of Hajj quota for Kashmir.

A government spokesman on Monday quoted CM assuring the Private Tour Operators Association that he would take up the issue of enhancement of Hajj Quota with the Centre so that the more prospective pilgrims could be accommodated for this year’s Hajj-e-Biatullah.

Abdullah said he will talk to Union minister for foreign affairs Salman Khurshid and highlight the need for enhancing the quota so that more people intending Hajj-2013 by private mode are accommodated.

To another delegation, the CM said that road communication sector has been receiving focused attention during the last four and a half years and his government has concentrated on improving the accessibility to the far-off and remote areas and upgrade existing road network in the State.

“The chief minister said that hundreds of new bridge and road schemes have been implemented and many more are in the pipeline to open up backward areas and improve communication facilities, aiming at generating economic activities of wide-range nature, and helping in the development of infrastructure smoothly,” said the spokesman.

Abdullah also said that while PMGSY initiative was being utilised to construct new roads and link up cut-off and backward areas with main highways, improvement of road communication is also being properly looked after under the normal Plan and Asia Development Bank funding

Omar Abdullah told a deputation of tribal’s that from upper reaches of Kokernag construction of roads in the areas of Ichoo, Gadole and other areas in the belt would be examined under Tribal Plan and other schemes aimed at development of backward pockets.

In response to a demand made by another deputation regarding solar lights, the chief minister said that his government is expanding the coverage area under new and renewable energy benefits .

He said that the support being provided by the Union ministry of N&RE led by Farooq Abdullah to help the State harness non-conventional energy resources and provide solar lights to the population in backward pockets, was being utilised to the maximum to help the people.

He said this initiative is also being utilised for energising institutions like hospitals and educational institutions.

Omar Abdullah told an EJAC deputation that all the genuine demands of the employees were being given due consideration and maximum of these have been accommodated while rest are under examination and consideration.

First Published: Jun 10, 2013 20:57 IST