Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday called up Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and assured her of the Centre’s full support in addressing the problems of the people in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The Prime Minister called me this morning, immediately after returning from Saudi Arabia. He assured me of full support from the Government of India in mitigating the sufferings of the people of J&K,” said Mehbooba in her first public address after taking charge.
“When I met the PM recently, he told me that the vision of Mufti Sahab (former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) was the only way to end the problems in the state,” Mehbooba said, adding that her government would work with fresh resolve to implement that vision.
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The CM said the PDP-BJP’s “Agenda of Alliance” was not just a pact between two political parties but an agenda of the country’s 1 billion people to usher Jammu and Kashmir into an era of peace, stability and prosperity. “Productive development and inclusive prosperity is possible only in an environment of peace and stability,” she said.
“While people living along the borders in Jammu region live under the constant threat of cross-border shelling, the people in Kashmir valley suffer because of continued internal strife and violence,” Mehbooba said, adding that peace along the borders and within the state was key to development and progress.
She said that the doors of her ministers should always be open for them. “If any minister or government functionary fails to respond effectively to genuine problems of the people, the complainants should directly approach my office,” she said.