CM, Guv pay tributes to Sheikh Abdullah

SRINAGAR: Chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and governor, N.N Vohra on Monday paid rich tributes to former chief minister of the state, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, on his death anniversary.
A government spokesman said that Mufti Sayeed described Abdullah as a guiding force and leading light of the freedom struggle, who, besides making the movement inclusive, unveiled revolutionary socio-economic programmes for laying a sound edifice of ‘Naya Jammu & Kashmir’.
“After coming to power, he pioneered some historic decisions on land reforms and good governance, which included the concept of single line administration that brought about socio-economic emancipation of the people at the grassroots level,”Mufti said. The spokesman said that the governor, N.N. Vohra recalled Abdullah’s notable contribution to the state.
Vohra recalled the period during which Abdullah had worked with eminent leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and had “strived for strengthening the cherished values of secularism and democracy.”
The governor referred to the crucial land reforms pioneered by Sheikh Abdullah, which had laid the foundations of equitable development of the state, and the high priority which he had devoted to the establishment of health and education facilities.