Governor Satya Pal Malik said today that youth have lost faith in the system and they have to be assured that the path (of militancy), which some of them have chosen, is wrong by creating conducive atmosphere on the ground for nearly 46 per cent youth in the State even as he directed police to ensure no innocent youth is harassed or called to police station saying this can force the youth to follow the “wrong track.”
“Kashmir issue, Article 370 and Article 35-A have nothing to do with the elections. This is just wrong campaign,’’ he asserted and said the people must be told that presently they have to approach the Government officers for the funds but after the elections, the money will directly flow to the villages for development and they needn’t go anywhere. He said the officers should make the people aware that the contestants for Sarpanch would get Rs 10 lakh insurance.
He called for holding free and fair elections to Municipalities and Panchayats.
“There had been complaints previously that elections in Jammu and Kashmir were rigged. Hold free and fair elections and give transparent, sensitive and accountable governances to the people,’’ he said.
Citing example of work culture, Malik said late Orissa Chief Minister Biju Patnaik used to send an OB Van to the villages along with the officers for on spot sorting out the issues of people and removing hurdles in developmental works.
“I’m not here to rule upon you but to help you, assist you and boost your morale. Delhi has lot of hopes from youth. You have worked very hard. Your experience should benefit the people,’’ the Governor told the civil and police officers.
Calling for expediting the developmental works, the Governor said he would himself go to any Ministry at the Centre for funds but the development works shouldn’t suffer. He called upon the Deputy Commissioners to identify the works under Rs 8000 crore loan and start work on them.
Advisors to Governor BB Vyas, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ganai, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam and Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh were present at the conference besides all Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioners, IGPs of Zones, DCs and SSPs.