SRINAGAR, Sept 8: A delegation of National Conference leaders led by Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Member Parliament, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here today. The delegation comprised Aga Hussain, Aga Syed Ruhullah and Tanveer Sadiq.
Baseer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar were present on the occasion.
The delegation discussed about various important matters relating to preparations for the Muharram and requested Governor to provide adequate funds for the Muharram arrangements. They requested Governor’s intervention in revival of certain traditional routes for taking out Muharram procession and renovation of shrines of religious importance.
Dr. Abdullah also discussed with Governor about strengthening of sports infrastructure at grass root level with emphasis on promoting sports and extra-curricular activities in schools. He urged Governor for constitution of a Golf Authority in the State which could be entrusted with the responsibility of maintenance of golf courses besides promotion of Golf in the State.
Governor assured the delegation that befitting arrangements for the Muharram days will be done by the Administration and observed that besides provision of all basic facilities he would ensure that there remains uninterrupted electricity supply during Muharram days and special attention is paid towards renovation and repair of revered Shrines in the State. He also assured Dr. Abdullah that all efforts will be made to provide best possible facilities and opportunities to youth in the arena of sports and other extra curricular activities.
Earlier, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir apprised Governor and the members of the delegation about necessary arrangements made by all the District Administrations in Kashmir regarding uninterrupted availability of power and food supplies, adequate sanitation arrangements, medical staff and ambulance positioning, drinking water supply, lightning of Imambaras, traffic coordination along the routes of procession etc.
Meanwhile, Justice (Retd.) Bilal Nazki, Chairman, J&K State Human Rights Commission, met Governor and briefed him about the functioning of the Commission.
Governor and Justice Nazki discussed issues relating to steps required to be taken for ensuring against denial of rights to women, underprivileged and weaker sections of the society, maintenance of proper treatment of prisoners in various jails etc.
Governor stressed the crucial importance of governance by the Rule of Law and protection of Constitutional and fundamental rights of the citizens. Referring to the high importance attaching to the responsibilities entrusted to State Human Rights Commission, he urged Justice Nazki to make the citizen’s aware of Commission’s objectives so that its work can be carried out effectively.
P.L. Gupta, Chief Vigilance Commissioner and Gazzanfer Hussain, Vigilance Commissioner also met Governor and briefed him on the current status of the work being done by the State Vigilance Commission and the special efforts which are being made to enhance the accountability of the administrative system.
Governor advised the CVC to speed up the processes of the Commission to see that the corrupt elements are effectively dealt with, if transparency is to be introduced in the functioning of the public institutions.
M.Y. Tarigami, MLA Kulgam also met Governor and discussed important matters with Governor relating to the restoration of peace and normalcy in the State and also raised issues regarding the need to secure balanced development of Kulgam district.
Governor urged Tarigami to continue his sustained endeavours for promoting public welfare and for providing avenues to youth to explore their talents in sports and other extracurricular activities.