If elected, will grant au­ton­omy to J&K re­gions, says Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Region - HT Cor­re­spon­dent n let­ter­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

: Rul­ing out pos­si­bil­ity of an al­liance in the en­su­ing elec­tions to Jammu and Kash­mir leg­isla­tive assem­bly, Na­tional Con­fer­ence pres­i­dent Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah on Fri­day said, if voted to power, his party’s gov­ern­ment will grant re­gional au­ton­omy to var­i­ous re­gions of the state.

“NC has al­ready for­mu­lated a blue­print in this re­gard, which will be the top agenda of our gov­ern­ment”, the for­mer CM said.

Ab­dul­lah said J&K is a unique state and needs spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion in terms of au­ton­omy to dif­fer­ent re­gions in or­der to sa­ti­ate urges and as­pi­ra­tion of peo­ple. He said ma­jor ground work was al­ready done be­tween 1996 and 2000 in this re­gard to em­power peo­ple at the grass roots level and en­able them to take de­ci­sions as per their re­gional pri­or­i­ties.

“This will not only help in de­cen­tral­iza­tion of pow­ers but en­hance the spirit of par­tic­i­pa­tory de­ci­sion mak­ing,” Ab­dul­lah added. He said the re­gional au­ton­omy will build mu­tual trust among peo­ple and re­sult in state’s growth and de­vel­op­ment with equal op­por­tu­nity for all.

Ab­dul­lah stated that there is a change in pub­lic mood with re­spect to state lead­er­ship.

“The NC’s good­will re­flects peo­ple’s urge to steer out the state from the morass cre­ated by mis­gov­er­nance of the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment to peace and de­vel­op­ment. With pub­lic sup­port, we are con­fi­dent to pro­vide a sta­ble and peo­ple-friendly gov­ern­ment in J&K,” he said.

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