Message to youth about no future in terrorism goes well with worried parents in Valley
JAMMU: Without any fanfare but with a firm resolve, Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu led Jammu and Kashmir Administration has led from the front to tackle Pakistan sponsored terrorism by eliminating 172 terrorists from October 1, 2019 till date besides taking several landmark decisions on the governance front in deference of the will and aspirations of the people of the Union Territory. Keeping up the grandeur and grace of his gubernatorial assignment, Murmu has successfully avoided controversies by being less vocal and more practical on ground, unlike some of his predecessors, which has gone well with the people as also galvanized the administration to be proactive on the governance front. Acknowledging the wrongs committed by successive political dispensations in introducing and implementing SRO 202, the Administrative Council headed by the Lieutenant Governor scrapped the controversial provision and ordered that no further and fresh appointments in government departments shall be made under it. It also reduced the probation period of old appointees from five to two years. The move is seen as a massive step towards employee welfare. Subsequently, the government notified over 10,000 posts for accelerated recruitment for domiciles. Unemployment has been a burgeoning problem, especially in the absence of organized corporate sector, and hence the beginning of the recruitment drive is the right step towards ending the alienation of educated unemployed. Acting tough while taking cognizance of serious complaints, the LG’s administration scrapped the recruitment process of 250 probationary officers and 1,200 banking associates in Jammu and Kashmir Bank started in 2018 due to various alleged legal infirmities and announced fresh recruitment on fast track basis through IBPS. Equally important have been the domicile rules, which spell out the government’s desire to dispense fair justice to generations of West Pakistan Refugees, Valmikis and other discriminated segments, including the employees serving in the erstwhile states, who have contributed in the development and progress of Jammu and Kashmir. With a single stroke of pen, the LG administration dropped from the public holiday list the holidays on account of Sheikh Abdullah’s birthday on December 5 and the so-called Martyrs’ Day on July 13. Instead, the Accession Day on October 27 was added to the list, respecting the longstanding demand of the people. The message from the LG Murmu to youth that they had no future in terrorism has gone well with worried parents in the Valley, who have realized that their sons were being made fodder of the terror canon, especially by likes of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz Umar and others. A feeling is growing in Kashmir that while the children of the Valley’s separatist regime were pursuing academics in reputed educational institutions in and outside Kashmir, their dear ones were indoctrinated and pushed to terrorism. The LG had on Tuesday said the government is making diligent efforts to wean away youths from the vicious circle of terrorism and bring them to the mainstream. “First of all, let better sense prevail upon those who are being misled (to join terror ranks). They should understand that it is not the right path. Every citizen of India has equal rights and they too have that, Murmu had stated, adding, “We have been trying that no youth is misled (to join terrorism). There is no future (for them in terrorism)”. By yet another major move, the LG administration hiked the budget to Rs 30,757 crore for Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory. In its fight against the pandemic COVID-19, Jammu and Kashmir administration is being lauded for taking effective preventive measures as well as intensifying testing and curative initiatives across the medical facilities in the Union Territory. Being assisted on the security front by Director General Police Dilbag Singh, among others, the Lieutenant Governor, who is also Unified Command chairperson, achieved major successes due to synergized efforts of the army, police and other security forces since Jammu and Kashmir became the Union Territory on October 1, 2019. Director General of Police Dilbag Singh is on record having stated that the number of new recruits joining terrorist ranks had been at a record low during the past few months and the police were engaging with families and communities to wean them away from terrorism. The security forces and the police achieved major successes in eliminating terrorists, including several so-called frontal commanders, since J&K became the Union Territory. In all 22 terrorists were killed between October and December 2019 while 150 ultras stand eliminated from January till June end this year.
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