NC believes in constructive politics: Altaf

Excelsior Correspondent

Minister for Forests Mian Altaf Ahmed addressing a gathering of National Conference workers at Jammu on Tuesday.

JAMMU, Feb 26: Saying that Jammu and Kashmir was passing through a crucial phase, Minister for Forests and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmed today urged the people to maintain unity and help in steering the State to peace, progress and development.
Addressing party workers and various delegations at Sher-i-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon, the Minister called for constructive approach for tackling the problems confronted to the State.
The interaction was part of the series initiated by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in making his party’s Minister available at the party headquarters for solving people’s problems.
Mian Altaf cautioned against machinations of vested interests saying they were hell bent upon creating wedge between the people and dividing the State for their political gains. He exuded confidence that people will frustrate their designs, as they have done in the past, and contribute in maintaining traditional bonds of brotherhood and amity.
The Minister referred to the distinct identity of Jammu and Kashmir and said this will flourish as a single entity. Those trying to weakening its unity will meet their doom, he said, adding that the unity in diversity has been the strong point of the State. He said negative politics has proved detrimental to the interests of the State and disillusioned the people. “National Conference has been striving to restore the faith of the people in the system by making administration more responsive, transparent and accountable”, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Provincial President Devender Singh Rana stressed the need for galvanizing National Conference at grassroots and said the party has to become a catalyst of change with an avowed objective of transforming the economic and developmental profile of the State.
Mr Rana visualized a big role for the workers and urged them to further expand activities in their respective areas so as to help people solve their problems. He asked the workers to ensure that the achievements in different spheres reach the people and provide credible feedback for devising policies and programmes for their overall good.
Describing National Conference as a mass movement, Mr Rana reminded workers that they were inheritors of a legacy that is deeply rooted in the State because of its selfless service to people. He said National Conference has contributed immensely for strengthening democratic and secular traditions besides ameliorating the lot of down trodden, underprivileged, farmers, workers, youth and other segments of the society. The party, he said, will continue to fight for the just cause of people.
Later, deputations from Gool-Arnas, Ramban, Banihal, Billawar, Kathua, Basholi, Udhampur, Samba, Akhnoor, Dansal, Raipur Domana and scores of individuals met the Minister and apprised him about their problems.

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