Mehbooba’s initiatives in 2017 to make the year memorable for people, J&K

TNN Bureau. Updated: 12/31/2017 3:12:44 PM

Jammu, Dec 31 : As the Sun sets on the evening of December 31 and people across the globe ponder over what they went through all the year, people of Jammu and Kashmir would have a reason to smile and be contended with.

As the scars of 2016 unrest-both physical and economic-were yet to heal, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti started the year with a determined zeal and dedication to pull the people out of the morass they had been caught in during the previous year’s unfortunate turbulence.

The biggest challenge was to restore the faith of the people in the system and reconnect with them. Known for taking the challenges head on throughout her life, Ms Mufti started to reconnect the administrative apparatus with the masses.

Something for the first time in the administrative history of the State, the Chief Minister started visiting far flung districts along with the heads of Departments and officers of her secretariat to personally assess the developmental needs, fix the problems and listen to people’s grievances which so far remained unheard.

And which district to start from? Pulwama, which suffered the most due to the unrest of 2016. Its economy, development, social life, everything. People came in hoards to narrate their tales of deprivation.

The Chief Minister listened patiently during her first public outreach programme. They made demands and in many cases Ms Mufti ordered on spot redressal of the same, said an official spokesman.

He said that the public outreach programmes extended through Kupwara, Budgam, Bandipora, Gurez, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Anantnag in Kashmir province and Doda, Kishtwar, Kathua, Samba and Rajouri in Jammu province.

She visited Leh and Kargil even about 3-4 times and inspected the developmental pace in the region. She continued to listen to people till late in the night and at Doda when the clock stuck 1.40 am in the night, she was asking administration not to prevent anyone who still wanted to meet the Chief Minister. An elderly person of a remote village of Paddar area bordering Zanskar, during such a programme at Kishtwar remarked, “We had seen Chief Ministers coming and lecturing but first time we see a Chief Minister listening, noting down our problems and issuing orders”.

But that was not all the Chief Minister did through the year. Many of the scars the unrest of 2016 left was a large number of cases against youth. Their parents had been pleading for amnesty to let them be home, with family and work peacefully.

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