Jammu and Kashmir: Governor asks youth to shun violence, presents administration's report card

WION Srinagar Jun 12, 2019, 07.43 PM(IST) Written By: Ieshan Bashir Wani

File photo of Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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The Governor urged the people in India to visit Kashmir valley as there was no fear and people were welcoming. 

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday urged the youth to shun the path of violence while appealing media to highlight the positive aspects of Kashmir to boost the tourism sector.

At a press conference in Srinagar, Malik, accompanied by four advisors and chief secretary, gave a detailed report of the administrative achievements since he took over. The Governor slammed the political parties for misguiding the population and the youth of the state. ”I am asking youth to shun violence and I'll host dinner for them,” he said.  

“Politicians here are lying to masses here. Local kids (who joined militancy) should return to their families. Firstly, people here have to vote because leaders here are elected with few votes, so people should be told the power of the vote,” he stated. 

He lauded the local population for their cooperation in elections and said that ”although some pockets witnessed less percentage, still representatives were chosen. We did elections peacefully. I'm thankful to people,” Malik told media.

Malik added that although the scrapping of article 35-A and 370 were part of political manifestoes of political parties, he asked people not to worry. He said a massive reach-out programme was on cards and in a month, the administration will start working on the outreach. 

Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said "before July 12, we will bring a massive reach-out programme. We need to tell children that life is about living and not dying”. 

On terrorism, Malik said Pakistan was in trouble itself and recruitment of local youth in terror ranks has gone down as the administration was taking a humanitarian approach. "LTTE was powerful but it vanished despite the support from several countries,” he said. 

While blaming Delhi and local leadership of committing mistakes on Kashmir, Malik said that the PM was ready to meet anyone and discuss everything. 

During his initial days, the Governor was vocal about corruption on the state by people in power. On being asked about the recent raids and the sacking of J&K bank chairman, he said that ”we have acted against J&K Bank. You will see a lot of things which will come out of this investigation which I'm privy to”. 

The Chief Secretary of the state revealed that a letter from the RBI sought action against alleged misappropriation in J&K bank. "We will make a committee and they will decide the new chairman. Under recommendations, people have been appointed in the bank under CSR. How can this happen? 50 Crore rupees have been spent on a golf course in Srinagar. How can they do this?" he said. 

The Governor urged the people in India to visit Kashmir valley as there was no fear and people were welcoming. 

”Channels are running negative propaganda stories about Kashmir. I want to tell people that Kashmir is safe and they should come,” advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ganai said. 

Later at the event, they released ’New Vision New Horizon’, a document carrying the details of the future projects and work that has been done.