Srinagar, Nov 2 - Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Abdul Haq expressed hope that the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jammu and Kashmir will help in defusing tensions along the borders so that people living near Line of Control (LoC) won't face the brunt of skirmishes.
"The government will ensure corruption free governance and bring transparency in its functioning," Mr Haq said at an inauguration function of Thai-Moori bridge in the border village of Kalaroos in the frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara.
He said that the government will ensure better connectivity to the people of the state, especially in rural and remote areas.
Stating that present dispensation led by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is committed to provide better infrastructure and connectivity, Mr Haq said that remote villages, including Kalaroos suffered from decades due to poor road connectivity.
"The bridges will connect the different villages and shorten the distances which will benefit all, especially students and peasants," he added.
The Minister further stated that the present government is for holistic development and empowerment of people, particularly the ones living in far-flung areas of the state.
Mr Haq, interacting with the people, said they have given them a mandate to address their problems and fulfill their aspirations, and in this regard all possible measures shall be taken.
He said that development of rural and remote areas will be ensured by the implementation of different rural developmental schemes that will be instrumental in changing the socio-economic profile of the people living in these areas, besides providing them much needed employment opportunities.
The Minister asked people to come forward and to get actively involved in day to day governance by providing feedback about implementation of various schemes.