Omar briefs governor about steps taken to restore normalcy

The meeting between the two at Raj Bhavan lasted an hour and issues relating to conduct of elections to panchayats and urban local bodies were also discussed, an official spokesman said.

The state government is planning to hold panchayat polls in the month of December with mainstream political parties activating their cadres and hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani urging the people to boycott the elections.

The spokesman said Omar briefed the Governor about the situation in the state and the measures being taken to restore normalcy in the Valley.

Various other issues pertaining to governance, particularly the implementation of the related state laws for establishing full fledged functioning of statutory bodies responsible for enhancing accountability, promoting efficiency and curbing corruption in the administrative system were also discussed, the spokesman said.

He said the governor reiterated his concern about the prevailing situation affecting educational institutions and called for measures on an urgent basis to restore full functioning of the schools, colleges and universities in the Valley.

Asking people to boycott the panchayat elections, Geelani in a statement here said, "Though elections won't hamper our ongoing movement, it creates doubts about our cause at the diplomatic level. It has been the Hurriyat's standing policy to boycott the elections and we hope the people will respect the sacrifices and stay away from the process."

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