Pak’s support for militancy in JK continues: Guv Malik
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Friday blamed Pakistan for continuing its support to militants and engineering infiltration across the Indo-Pak border to disrupt peace and harmony in the state.
He said the administration was taking required measures to alleviate the sufferings of border dwellers.
“Our neighbouring country (Pakistan) continues to support terrorists to disrupt peace and harmony in the state,” Malik said in his message on the occasion of 70th Republic Day.
He said there have been repeated attempts to infiltrate terrorists across the International Border and Line of Control.
“Repeated ceasefire violations have brought untold hardships to the people living in the villages along the borders,” he said.
The Governor also hailed the armed forces and state police for working tirelessly in maintaining unity and integrity of the nation.
“On this joyous seventieth Republic Day, I extend warm greetings to the people of Jammu & Kashmir. On this day, we remember and pay tributes to the founding fathers of the nation who fought for our freedom and handed over to us a constitution that guarantees liberty, equality and justice.
“Notwithstanding the tough terrain, climate and other challenges, our armed and security forces continue to maintain strict vigil and alertness on our frontiers,” he said.
“Our armed and police forces also carried out effective operations to neutralise the largest number of terrorists ever in a year,” Malik said.
“Our hearts also go out to the families of the civilians who lost their loved ones in the wanton violence,” he added in the message.
“Deepening of democracy, success of parliamentary form of government, rule of law and people’s faith in democratic process and institutions are the biggest achievements of independent India which have not only proved the skeptics wrong but surprised many. The uniqueness of this achievement lies in the fact that every successive change of government since independence has been only through the ballot,” Guv Malik said.
“The huge turnout in the recently concluded Panchayat and Municipal elections in the State is an indicator of people’s yearning for peace and development. Despite stiff challenges, these elections were conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, thanks to the overwhelming participation of the people. I congratulate the entire civil and police administration for having worked overtime to ensure successful and peaceful Panchayat and Municipal elections across the state,” he said.
He said that corruption is a threat that we all need to counter in the most concerted, cohesive and determined manner.
“This menace can be best fought when there is an appropriate institutional framework in place to act as deterrent. The first ever Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has been established in the State. The establishment of ACB is one of the important elements of the Mission Good Governance and Development. The Jammu and Kashmir Vigilance Commission Act has been amended to make it more vibrant and effective. We have also amended Prevention of Corruption Act to give it more teeth,” he added.
Governor Malik said that the redressal of citizens’ grievances has been given priority.
“The State Grievances Cell has been constituted apart from the establishment of District Grievance Cells. My Advisors and Chief Secretary are regularly interacting with public for redressal of their problems. A Service Grievance Cell to address service related grievances of employees has also been set up,” he added.
“With the objective of addressing the state’s backlog in development, the massive Rs.80,000crore Prime Minister’s Development Package for the State is under implementation. The package includes the Government of India’s support to various critical sectors and will ensure peace, prosperity and development in the State,” he said.