Jammu: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday advocated for picking up threads from the “peace process” initiated by the former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. She said peace and dialogue was the lone way forward towards addressing the Kashmir imbroglio.
“Threads need to be picked up from where these were left by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2005, when a serious effort was made both on external and internal fronts to resolve the Kashmir issue through a credible and meaningful dialogue and confidence building process,” Mufti said while distributing appointment orders amongst the next of kin of the government employees of Jammu division who have died in harness.
Mehbooba said the incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the mandate to take bold decisions on the lines of Vajpayee for the resolution of the problems in and around Jammu and Kashmir. “We have to ensure that a credible mechanism for dialogue, reconciliation and resolution is put in place and it should not be like the half-hearted efforts made in similar situations after 2008 and 2010 unrests,” she said.
Mehbooba said whosoever wants a solution to the Kashmir problem should understand that solution is not going to come through violence. She said violence has changed nothing on political spectrum of Jammu and Kashmir over the years and has only brought mayhem, miseries, economic disaster, academic breakdown and social disorder to the State.
The Chief Minister hailed the people of Jammu region for maintaining peace and harmony despite repeated provocations by various disruptive elements.
Referring to SRO-43 cases, the Chief Minister said that many appointment cases on compassionate grounds were pending due to various reasons over a long time. “However, the Government is committed to attend to all these cases on priority and has laid special emphasis on their timely finalization,” she said and added that some cases were also cleared through one-time relaxation of rules to absorb children of those who had died in harness.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the Chief Minister said she hoped that after appointment to the Government job they shall remain committed and be driven by the thought that how can they contribute at their own level. “You should come up to expectations, remain dedicated and be responsible towards the assigned tasks”, she said.
Pertinently, distribution of compassionate appointment orders for Kashmir division was organized last week at Srinagar, where such appointment orders were given away to 106 NoKs of employees who had died in harness.