NEW DELHI, AUG 28: Bridging the gap between the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India and engaging with alienated youths top the agenda of newly appointed Governor Satya Pal Malik, who says politics will take a back seat during his tenure and reaching out to common people will have the topmost priority.
The first politician to hold the post of Jammu and Kashmir Governor in decades, 71-year-old Malik is all set to make changes in the administration.
“I will ensure that the administration is at the beck and call of the people and there are no complaints about governance. I have already asked deputy commissioners to hold a meeting with locals every week and directed the advisers to visit every district headquarters once in a week to meet the people”, Malik said in an interview.
“The Governor’s house will be people’s house,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Governor Satya Pal Malik met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and is believed to have discussed about the forthcoming election to local bodies in the state.
During the half-an-hour meeting, Singh and Malik also discussed about the prevailing law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which is currently under the governor’s rule.
They discussed about the forthcoming Panchayat polls, a Home Ministry official said.
The Panchayat election to elect 4,130 Sarpanchs and 29,719 panchs, is expected to be held later next month.
The election to the Local Bodies were last held in 2011 after a long hiatus.
The election to the local bodies were supposed to be held in 2016 but could not be conducted due to the five-month-long unrest in the Kashmir Valley, following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8 that year.
Malik yesterday called on President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He took oath as the 13th Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on August 23, replacing N N Vohra.
The newly appointed Governors of Bihar and Haryana Lalji Tandon and Satyadev Narayan Arya respectively also met the home minister.