Jammu: Noting that dividends of peace in the shape of revival of economic activities and tourism are now visible on the ground across Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday cautioned the people against elements "bent upon creating wedge" between various sections of society.
Addressing a big public gathering at Purmandal in Samba district, Omar stressed that peace is pre-requisite to create stability and address issues amicably.
"We have seen the desperation and destruction caused by disturbance and violence. We have also seen the benefits of prevailing peace in the state since last year," he said asking the people to contribute in maintaining tranquillity so that the state moves on the road to progress and prosperity firmly.
The Chief Minister said that his government has also percolated peace benefits to the people in the shape of softening of the provisions of Acts like PSA. "We are also working for removing other laws imposed owing to the disturbance and violence," he said.
Omar also asked the people to maintain communal amity and brotherhood under all circumstances. "Many elements are bent upon creating wedge between various sections of the society. People should be cautious against these elements and strengthen the bonds of harmony and love."
Omar said that the transfer of power from Secretariat to the public representatives has been an important concern of his government.
"Establishment of Panchayat Raj, Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA); Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir State Right to Information Commission and strengthening of Accountability Commission are initiatives in this direction", he said.
He said the process of constitution of block panchayat and district panchayat councils has been set in motion and this will be finalised soon after the Legislative Council seats reserved for panchayats are filled from amongst the panchayat members. "We are committed to a full-fledged three-tier panchayat system in the state," he said.