Describing the recent statements of a political party as a sign of political bankruptcy, the Minister for Rural Development, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar has said that they are trying to mislead people by false and fabricated propaganda.
The Minister was speaking on the occasion of throwing open the Gani Memorial Library and reading room to the general public at Gojwara-Rajouri Kadal here today.
The Minister for Culture and Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister of State for Home and Tourism, Nasir Aslam Wani, MLA, Zadibal, Peer Afaq, Director Libraries, Khalid Bashir Ahmed and prominent citizens of the area were present on the occasion.
Coming down heavily "on the parties trying to spread propaganda against the present government", Sagar said, "They have got frustrated due to the recent results of the Panchayati elections whereby the people of the state have reposed their faith in the good governance of the coalition government."
“It is the recorded history that these parties have always preferred their personal gains over the interests of the people of the state and have at numerous occasions bartered it for staying in power and putting the people to various hardships”, the Minister maintained.
Sagar said that it is well established fact that the various prestigious projects meant for the development and beautification of Srinagar city were put in cold storage when the patron of that particular party took power and subjected people of the city to the worst form of discrimination ever seen in the recent history. “Now they are crying hoarse and trying to raise non issues to mislead the people and hide the mistakes which they have committed during their tenure.
Asking the people of the locality to derive the maximum benefit from the library and the reading room, the Minister said that by reading quality books, we can effectively improve our knowledge and be able to discuss and understand various issues. He said that the people of the younger generation of the area and its catchment localities would in calculate the habit of reading quality literature by virtue of opening of this library.
Referring to the various developmental initiatives undertaken by the government for the proper development and beautification, Mr. Sagar said that a prestigious project at an estimated cost of Rs. 50 crore has been sent to the Central Government for the revival of the Naagar Nagar area of the old city, 21 crore for Jamia Masjid and a comprehensive project for beautification of the historic Maharaj Gunj is on the anvil. He also announced the funds out of his CDF for the repair and renovation of the grave and giving it a shape of mausoleum.
The Tourism Minister, Nawang Rigzin Jora while complementing the department of libraries for ensuring the re-opening of the library and reading room said that it would go a long way in promoting the habit of reading as well as the forum of literary discussions and debates among the younger generation of the area.
It is pertinent to mention that the Gani Memorial Library and reading room has been constructed with an estimated cost of Rs. 41.83 lakh and is having 7790 titles and 960 reference books.
Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani while speaking on the occasion said the books are imperative for enriching ones knowledge and also imbibing the rich literary taste in a person.
MLA, Zadibal, Peer Afaq also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the various initiatives being under taken by the government for the overall and sustained development of the state.