‘Farooq speaks something new every day; mainstream politicians have political compulsions’
State Times News Jammu: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday advised terrorists to shun the path of violence, assuring that his administration is ready to do whatever it can for their rehabilitation. “There is nothing like ‘operation all out’ and some people are using this wrong term. We want these children (terrorists) to come back and we are ready to do what we can do for them,” Malik told reporters on the sidelines of a function here. He was replying to a question on the call by some politicians to stop ‘operation all out’ and an inquiry into the killings in the Kashmir Valley. “When a terrorist somewhere opens fire or hurls an explosive, it cannot be like this you will fire and we will give you flowers and bouquets. On our side, we do not have any ‘operation all out’. They (terrorists) should leave this path as they will achieve nothing from this. There is nothing like ‘operation all out’,” Malik said. On National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah’s statement that if his party is elected to power in the upcoming assembly polls, it would establish a truth and reconciliation commission to probe killings in the state, Malik said he is stating something new every day. “He is a senior politician so commenting on him is not good,” the Governor added. Malik said mainstream politicians have political compulsions and “in our country one can go to any extent for a vote”. “They are all political people and have political compulsions. For a vote, the people go too far in this country. I understand the compulsions of everybody and honour them,” he said when asked about statements made by some politicians recently. On the assembly polls in the state, the Governor said his administration is ready for the democratic exercise. “We are ready for polls and when the Election Commission will decide, we will hold the elections,” the governor said. Meanwhile, Malik inaugurated a musical fountain and an open-air gymnasium constructed by the Jammu and Kashmir Bank at Rajinder Singh Park here. “We are being demonized across the country that everything here is wrong. But I can say with authority that Jammu and Kashmir is far ahead with many of the states in the country and the J-K Bank is one such institution which is doing good,” Malik said. He suggested the bank to concentrate on providing easy loans to artisans and workers and said it has the ability to uplift the weaker sections of society. Paying rich tributes to Brigadier Rajinder Singh, Governor lauded the Bank for developing and maintaining the Park in the name of a valiant soldier of the nation.
Appreciating the roles and responsibilities of J&K Bank, Governor observed that the bank is always at the forefront for delivering the best services to the people and has become an identity of the State.
Citing some of the examples of bank’s role in upgrading the social infrastructure like the Rajinder Park and Kashmir Golf Course; providing support to a Football team from Kashmir which has made its presence felt at national level by defeating established Football clubs like Mohun Bagan, Governor noted that the bank is not only working commendably as a financial institution but also as a responsible corporate citizen.
Governor observed that the bank has the potential for economic transformation of the State and advised it to develop a robust mechanism for strengthening the handicraft sector by financial and social interventions.
He added that the J&K Bank under the leadership of Parvez Ahmed has always demonstrated a very strong delivery in all the projects of socio economic importance and he is confident that the bank will also develop innovative solution for this sector on the lines of Self Help Groups.
Parvez Ahmed, Chairman J&K Bank in his address acknowledged the continuous guidance and support of the Governor’s administration to the bank.
He informed that the bank has been consistently showing profit and in the recently declared nine months results it has reported a profit of Rs 250 Cr. He assured that the Bank is in a very strong position to project a profit of Rs 2000 Cr in the year 2022 i.e three years from now.
Ahmed re-iterated his commitment towards the economic upliftment of the economically weaker section of the society especially in the rural and agrarian pockets of the state by opening business units in the unbanked rural areas and for development of the handicrafts sector and improve the economic profile of the artisans.
A cultural programme based on Dogri folk dances enthralled the audience.
Notably the bank, under its CSR initiative, is maintaining the historic Rajinder Park at Canal Road Jammu which along with the Walkway was developed by the Bank in 2003 after it was handed over by the State government due to its dilapidated condition.
The Park and 1.5 Km Walkway on the banks of the heritage Ranbir Canal were dedicated to public in 2004 and has since become very popular amongst the morning walkers, tourists and young children of the city due to its unique ambiance and heritage value.
In the next phase, the bank has plans to develop a specialty restaurant to promote the Dogra Cuisine of Jammu.
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