Violence a big hurdle in development, good governance in J&K: Bukhari

Violence a big hurdle in development, good governance in J&K: Bukhari

SRINAGAR: Apni Party President Syed Mohammd Altaf Bukhari on Monday said that the violence in all its manifestations has severely impacted peace, progress and good governance in Jammu and Kashmir.
Bukhari was addressing a day-long Party convention at Chougan-Kishtwar attended by a huge gathering of the locals.
“The impact of armed violence negatively influences development, peace and good governance, often by creating a climate of impunity, corruption and by undermining public institutions,” he said, while appealing the youth to shun the path of violence and contribute in promotion of peace and stability in the region.
Bukhari said that peace and harmony are imperative for progress and development in Jammu and Kashmir. “Yesterday in Srinagar, a young police officer who was yet to be confirmed was killed in cold blood. The incident didn’t inflict miseries to his family alone but added to the already agonizing situation in Kashmir,” he added.
Apni Party President remarked that nature has gifted J&K with abundant natural resources that can uplift the economic conditions of every household in this erstwhile State. “For that we all need to contribute and create an enabling atmosphere for the optimal use of these resources,” he remarked.
Reminding Prime Minister Modi of his statement that development should be a mass movement in Jammu and Kashmir, Bukhari regretted the alienation and a feeling of neglect among the youth of Kishtwar who feel dejected about the recruitment process carried out by the power projects in the region.
He appealed the Prime Minister and Union home Minister to involve local people in the power projects undertaken in their community. “The development cannot be about the statistical number but it should reflect an improvement in the social, human and environmental capital. Government of India must ensure that the local youth are engaged in the recently-launched union funded power projects in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
He said that Nature has bestowed Kishtwar with abundant water resources which will have at least five major new power projects Pakal Dul, Kiru, Kewar, Dul Hasti-II and revived Ratle and a common expectation among the local youth is that they should be given priority in getting employment in these projects.
Bukhari said that around 20 thousand megawatts of electricity can be generated in this area provided the government takes ample steps in its pursuit. “Even the Government has started work on such three prestigious projects in Kishtwar but further addition to them is highly requisite. However, the companies bagging these tenders must involve local workforce including both skilled and unskilled labour force in such projects so as the unemployed youth are absorbed by providing them with such opportunities,” he said.

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