LEH: Noting that the decades-long terrorism in state has hampered the growth and development of youth of Jammu and Kashmir adversely, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday emphasised that his mission as the administrator of the state is “to kill terrorism, and not the terrorists.”
Asserting that his ‘team’ was working towards creating an atmosphere of trust among youth in strife-torn-Valley, Malik said that the efforts are on to create a suitable ground for dialogue to address the issue of Kashmir.
The Governor was speaking at the 30th Anniversary celebration of SECMOL, founded by Magsaysay award winner Sonam Wangchuck in Phey, Leh, where he Governor had landed directly upon his return from national capital.
On his maiden visit to Leh, the Governor was accompanied by his team—Advisors BB Vyas, K Vijay Kumar, Kurshid Ahmad Ganai, and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam.
In his address, Governor noted that terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir has severely and adversely hampered the growth and development of youth.
What has happened in Kashmir in past three decades, has filled the youth with resentment against political parties, government and the country, he said.
However, Malik said, his mission is not to kill terrorists, but the root cause of them taking up guns.
“We want to kill terrorism and not terrorists,” Malik said.
The priority of Governor’s Administration is on outreach and interaction with people at ground level and hearing their grievances, Malik said.
“My team is making efforts to build trust among youth and generating a positive platform for dialogue with the younger generation through various levels of interactions,” he said.
“Their efforts are on to create an atmosphere for dialogue to address the issue of Kashmir,” he asserted.
This was second time in past one week that the Governor made these remarks.
Earlier in an interview to a national newspaper, he had said, “We have to kill militancy, not militants. We have to make militancy useless in the eyes of the people, that they don’t need it.”
You kill one militant and five more will join, but I’m not for that, he had said.
On Thursday, Malik asserted that youth of Kashmir have great potential to excel in sports like cricket and football and his government is coming up with international stadiums in the valley to promote their talent.
“The stress has to be on ensuring opportunities for the creative engagement of youth and enabling them to explore their potential and excel in different fields,” he said.
Earlier, while appreciating the efforts of SECMOL in providing education and life skills to the students, Governor said that “empowerment comes with the education and people which give priority to education ensure a bright future for their nation, taking it on the path of development in the true sense.”
Governor appreciated Sonam Wangchuk for his commitment and conviction in taking up challenges and lauded his endeavour in keeping youth connected to their roots with a sense of honour in their rich culture, traditional knowledge and moral values.
A memorandum between Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL) and Kashmir University and a memorandum between HIAL and J&K Bank for coordinated efforts and financial assistance in running of the University in Pheyang was signed in presence of the Governor.
Earlier in the day, Malik reviewed the scope of ongoing developmental activities in the region upon his arrival.
“During the visit, the Governor held meetings with Thupstan Chhewang, MP; Sh. Chering Dorjay, MLC and former Minister; Sh. Nawang Rigzin Zora, MLA, and former Minister and representatives of political parties,” an official spokesman said.
The Governor also met with several local delegations that submitted memoranda pertaining to their demands and issues.
Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam apprised the meeting that nearly Rs 180 crores have been approved for the languishing projects in Leh district to be taken up through newly set up Jammu Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC). Further, additional projects will be taken up in the district to give impetus to the developmental activities in the region, he added.
Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police, Leh accompanied the dignitaries.