Invoking Sufism, LG asserts, ‘NO MERCY’ for terrorists, their supporters

We will root out terrorism from this pious land and make development a mass movement KULGAM: Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday said that “there will be no mercy for the terrorists and their supporters in Kashmir” as the administration led by him is committed to ensure peace and development in Kashmir, the land of Sufi saints.
“In a place like Kashmir, where there are Sufi saints everywhere, there is no place for violence and militancy,” the LG said addressing a function at Kund in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district. He said that there will be no mercy for terrorists and their supporters.
“In the land of Sufi saints like Syed Simnani (RA, who have spilled the blood and sweat to promote peace and defeat violence, there is no place for any sort of violence. The Union Territory administration is committed to promote the vision of Sufi saints like Syed Simnani (RA) and promote the culture of peace and progress in the region,” the LG said.
He said those joining the path of violence will be dealt with strictly. “I urge the Imams and Khateebs to play their role and keep a watch on children so that they don’t tread a wrong path,” he said, adding that unfortunately, some elements and the neighbouring country doesn’t want peace to be promoted in Kashmir, but “we are committed to defeat violence.”
Youth who have chosen wrong path must shun violence and join the massive transformation, the LG said. “Those trying to mislead youth by pushing them towards violence are playing with the sentiments of hundreds of people of Kashmir,” he said.
The LG praised Tanvir Khan, the son of a rickshaw puller, who cracked the Indian Economic Service (IES) stating that Tanvir made the people of not only Kulgam but entire J&K feel proud. “Youth must take cue from him and follow his footsteps and choose better future,” he said.
The Lt Governor said that there is no place for people in the society who are radicalizing and brainwashing our youth. It is the collective responsibility of parents, teachers, and community elders to counter radical propaganda machinery.
Underscoring the importance of Education in the overall transformation of a society, the Lt Governor said that the government is continuously reforming the entire education ecosystem in the UT. We are plugging gaps, building infrastructure & human resource capacities, updating courses to match contemporary market requirements and skill sets.
“It is our endeavour to bring a combination of knowledge, wisdom, and necessary skill sets in the education system. Therefore, by making changes recommended by the new education policy, we are focusing more on vocational training, our ancient ethos, and values. This is providing dividends and they have more and more employment opportunities than before”, remarked the Lt Governor.
He said that even with 1.25 lakh teachers in our UT, relatively higher than other peer states/UTs, there are gaps in the system. To remove the gaps in education, we took a big decision and regularized 35,000 teachers who were working on contract basis, so that they can build the future of all the students with a vision. Further, sustained capacity building of educators is being undertaken by the government, said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor said that compulsory training of teachers was also started in J&K as per the ‘Nishtha’ program under the direction of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. He informed that J&K is number one in Nishtha program, today.
“Jammu and Kashmir is among the top in the whole country, in terms of education infrastructure and budget, despite having a less population. Our budget for school and higher education this year is Rs 1873 crore, which is Rs 523 crore more than last year”, he added.
The Lt Governor informed that during the Back to Village program, decision was taken for identifying the vacant government buildings and giving them to the Panchayats or other departments for use. It was found that a total of 663 school buildings in Kashmir division and 630 in the Jammu division were lying vacant. They are now being given to other departments for proper use.
“This is just a small example of how money sent by the centre for the welfare of people of J&K was siphoned off. We have made the governance transparent and each work is taken up only after due diligence. We are preparing our youth for Industry 4.0. We have set up two Modern Invention, Innovation and Incubation Centers at Baramulla and Jammu and 12 more such centers will be set up”, added the Lt Governor while addressing the public.
The Lt Governor said that work has been done at many levels and assured that the administration is working with utmost dedication for the prosperity of J&K and progress of its youth.
Noting that 14% of the population of Kund belongs to the Scheduled Tribes category, the Lt Governor said that instructions have been passed to provide the best education to the children. Rs 30 crore has been disbursed as scholarships to the children from the Tribal community and this year 42,000 more students will be given scholarships than the last year.
“Overall scholarships have been given to more than 8 lakh children. In the last one year, 50 such new colleges have been set up, which will provide vocational and professional education with modern infrastructure to prepare the youth for employment. Mission Youth has been created and many programs have been started to empower boys and girls and provide them an opportunity to become entrepreneurs,” he added.
The Lt Governor said that the aim of the administration is to reach the doorsteps of people of J&K with good governance. The district capex budget of Kulgam this year is Rs 537 crore, which is three times more than last year. The infrastructure here, whether it is roads, electricity, or water, will witness change within a year, he said.
It has been 75 years since independence but the common man is still struggling for basic requirements like ‘Sadak, Bijli, Pani’. This is the unfortunate legacy that we have inherited but I assure you, the government will ensure that each and every penny is utilized for the people’s welfare and need for basic infrastructure is fulfilled within a year, the Lt Governor observed.
The Lt Governor further informed that Yaripora-Kulgam 33 KV Grid Station has been completed.
“It will prove to be a game-changer in the power infrastructure in this district. The project will soon be inaugurated and dedicated to the people. Similarly, for safe drinking water, the government is spending Rs 341 crore for Kulgam. I have full hope that District Administration and Jal Shakti Department will complete their target within the time limit, the Lt Governor said.
Sh. Pandurang K. Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Sh. Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir and Dr. Bilal Mohi-ud-din Bhat, Deputy Commissioner Kulgam accompanied the Lt Governor.
Sh. Sanjay Kumar, Social Worker; Sh. Sheikh Muzaffar of Jammu & Kashmir Nationalist’s People Front, PRI representatives, Members of Backward Welfare Trust Kund Valley (Kulgam), and a large number of local residents were present on the occasion.