Srinagar: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti showered praise on Jammu and Kashmir's bureaucracy, saying it had worked with "single-minded dedication" and "out-of-box thinking" to ensure good governance under the Chief Ministership of her father late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
In a statement issued here, she expressed gratitude to the administration for "tireless" efforts in following through Sayeed's vision and commitment to address the demanding challenges confronting the state.
"It was the firm belief of Mufti Sahab that not much can be achieved unless the administration is passionately and actively involved in the implementation of the government's developmental and welfare agenda," said Mehbooba, who is tipped to succeed her father as Chief Minister.
"Fortunately, both in 2002 and in 2015, the administration expeditiously partnered with the political leadership and toiled tirelessly to turn Mufti Sahab's vision for Jammu and Kashmir's prosperity into reality," she said.
The PDP chief said it was because of the cooperative efforts at the political and administrative levels that various pioneering initiatives could be implemented in the state on the governance and developmental fronts, during both the stints of Sayeed, in shortest possible time.
Describing administration as critical to delivery of governance, Mehbooba said, "it was heartening to note how the officers at various levels, both in police and civil administration, worked with single-minded dedication and thinking out-of-box to ensure good governance, development and redress the grievances of the people" under Sayeed.
Mehbooba, Lok Sabha member from Anantnag, said her father always used to refer to the state administration as one of the best administrations in the country.
"It was his firm belief that whatever good his government was able to do, either in 2002 or in 2015, it was not possible without the required capacity and support of the state administration," she said, adding the administration also responded to Sayeed s confidence and passion in equal measure by reaching out to the people and facilitating a perceptible change on the ground.
She said Sayeed used to see the administration as an interface between the elected representatives and the general public and always used to remind the officers to maintain highest standards of probity and integrity while discharging their duties.
"Fortunately, realizing the innermost desire of Mufti Sahab to pull J-K out of the morass, the administration tried to do its best to translate his vision into reality," she said.
The PDP president said she was thankful to the state administration, at all levels, for providing an enabling environment to implement the government s pro-people agenda under Sayeed s visionary leadership.