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PDP has not diluted its agenda, Alam's deed responsible for his rearrest: CM

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said the PDP has not diluted its agenda and people should not judge his government in just two months.

india Updated: May 05, 2015 20:46 IST
Toufiq Rashid
Toufiq Rashid
Hindustan Times
Srinagar,NIT Aayog,Masarat Alam

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said the PDP has not diluted its agenda and people should not judge his government in just two months.

Sayeed was speaking on the first day of Darbar Move -- shifting of secretariat to Srinagar on Tuesday. The chief minister rejected the reports suggesting that his government has deviated from his 'battle of ideas' slogan and was acting under pressure from the alliance partner BJP. Reacting to slapping PSA on hardline Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam, Sayeed said, "It was Alam's amal (deeds) which led to his arrest."

"Our agenda has not vanished, it's very much there. There are certain things which were unacceptable. I myself saw Alam hoisting Pakistani flags and raising slogans on TV," he said.

Addressing a press conference, Sayeed said that providing good governance is a process which will take time. "My government will provide good governance to the people but it is a time consuming process. The system has to be set right and it cannot happen overnight. It will take time," he said.

Sayeed said the state faces many challenges and the most important being rehabilitation of the flood-affected people. "My priority was to help the flood-affected people to rebuild their homes and reconstruct the infrastructure like roads which were badly affected," he said.

Mufti said his government's main focus is on the revival of tourism and to tackle unemployment in the state.

"The September flood was unprecedented and even after that we were on roads trying to tackle flood-like situation. We have to create an atmosphere where people will again start coming back to Kashmir," he added.

He said a new recruitment policy has been announced by the government to speed up filling up the vacancies so that the jobs are provided to educated youth in a transparent and time-bound manner.

Minister for health & medical education, Chaudhary Lal Singh and minister for education Nayeem Akhter were also present.

Regarding the financial position of the state, chief minister asserted that there is no financial crunch. He said there are two aspects of government spending, one relating to the routine expenditure of the state and the other with specific reference to relief and rehabilitation. "The first one is being met despite previous liabilities," he said.

Referring to the setting up of NITI Aayog, the chief minister said there has been a change in the system of financial management at the central level, which is impacting all the states. He said we are expecting that basic contours of funding will be finalised very shortly.

First Published: May 05, 2015 20:43 IST