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Srinagar: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday asked the police and civil administration officials to provide adequate security cover to candidates contesting the municipal and Panchayat elections in the State.
Addressing a day-long conference of Deputy Commissioners and District Senior Superintendents of Police at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC), here, Malik advised them to spread awareness among the people about the importance of the polls in strengthening grass-root democracy and holistic development of towns and villages.
The Governor also advised them to ensure adequate security cover to the contesting candidates and to ensure that the elections were conducted in a free-and-fair manner.
Malik advised the district police officers to take care of public sensitivities while dealing with law-and-order issues, and ensure that minimum inconvenience is caused to people during their operations.
The Governor on stressed crucial importance of strengthening grievance redressal mechanism by the district administrations and urged all the DCs to mark one day in a week exclusively for hearing grievances followed by their early disposal.
Governor advised DCs to give due attention to strengthening the health care delivery system in their respective districts and urged them to make optimum utilisation of available human resources at grass-root level like ASHA workers for achieving 100 per cent institutionalised deliveries and adequate postnatal care for mother and child. He also emphasised ensuring 24 hour power supply during festivals and examinations. Governor informed that his Administration has decided to sanction 40 new colleges for the State and urged the DCs to prioritise and submit their proposals in this regard.
Governor expressed concern over non-availability of avenues for recreation and sports among children and youth. He advised DCs to identify areas for developing play grounds in their districts and promote sports culture. He observed that he has noted a passion for football and cricket among the youngsters in the State and remarked that he has already discussed the idea of conducting IPL matches in the State with the IPL Chairman and once the upcoming international level stadium gets completed the IPL organizers will take a call on organising matches here. Governor advised the District Police Officers to take care of public sensitivities while dealing with law and order issues and ensure that minimum inconvenience is caused to people during their operations.
Governor paid tributes to Karbala martyrs on the occasion and advised the officers dealing with maintaining law and order to take due care of religious sensitivities of people.
Advisors to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, K. Vijay Kumar and B.B. Vyas urged the DCs and SSPs to ensure that all development schemes in Central and State sectors are implemented in letter and spirit and that their benefits reach targeted sections of the society.
Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam urged the officers to focus on delivering good governance; DGP, Dilbag Singh emphasised better Civil- Police coordination in handling law and order situation in the districts.
Principal Secretary to Governor, Administrative Secretaries of various government departments; Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu; senior police officers were present on the occasion.
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