50,000 vacancies in J&K to be filled on priority: Governor


Srinagar, August 28, 2019

The Jammu and Kashmir government will fill 50,000 vacancies in various departments in the next few months, Governor Satya Pal Malik said here today.
Addressing a press conference at Raj Bhavan, he urged the youth to come forward and participate actively in this recruitment process as this would be the single largest recruitment drive ever in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
He further announced that his government is working with various Central agencies to put together a scheme to provide a minimum support price for the apple crop in the state and that NAFED was willing to commit over Rs 5,000 crore for procuring over 50 per cent of apple production of the Union Territory. This would benefit over 7 lakh apple farmers.
The Governor also announced that in order to provide relief to the people, it had been decided to open up mobile phones in all 10 districts of Jammu (barring one location) and that mobile phones would also be made functional in the entire revenue district of Kupwara and Handwara Police districts in the Kashmir valley. 
The government has already announced the opening of landline connections in the Kashmir valley.
Referring to the recent situation in the Valley, the Governor mentioned that a number of important decisions had recently been taken regarding Jammu and Kashmir. He observed that these decisions are historic and will open new vistas for the growth of all three regions -- Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. 
The Governor mentioned that the decisions were taken keeping the interests of the people of Jammu & Kashmir in mind and to ensure that they benefit from the rapid economic growth happening in the rest of the country. He assured the people that the Government would take every step to ensure that the heritage, language and identity of the region would be preserved and protected and that no assault of any kind would be allowed on its culture.
The Governor also announced that restoration of normalcy and deepening of democracy remained the government's priority and as a first step, elections to Block Development Councils would be conducted and completed before the end of October.
He said that keeping in view the magnitude of the decisions that were taken, it was necessary to ensure that there is no loss of human life and that peace and public order are maintained. However, there had been a constant endeavour to relax restrictions as quickly as possible and that as of now 81 out of 111 police stations in the Kashmir had already got day-time relaxations and further relaxations would be considered in the days to come. 
He also said that schools are also being gradually opened up and that over 3,000 primary schools and 1,000 middle schools are open and efforts would be made to gradually open up more.
Asserting that the Narendra Modi government's decision to abrogate Article 370 is for the betterment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Malik said the administration was "not hiding" the figures of "deaths" in the Kashmir Valley as no lives have been lost.
"In 2016 agitation over 80 people had died. Every life is precious. Is this not a singular achievement (the fact that no one has died)? It's the result of the government's efforts to maintain peace, and all have worked day and night to ensure that normalcy is gradually restored without causing harm to individuals," he said.
He said the people have been most cooperative and patient. "The results of these restrictions are there for you to see. Not a single person has died so far in police action in the state. In the 2008 agitation, over 50 people died. In the 2010 agitation over 100 people had died," Malik said. 
He said there has been no civilian casualties, and "only the few who got violent are injured". "Those who are injured have injuries below the waist," he said. He wondered how his administration could hide any data on deaths when Central teams were regularly meeting him. 
The Governor said that, to prevent loss of life, it was necessary for the government to impose restrictions primarily to ensure that militants and terrorists do not succeed in creating fear and terror. "Rumours such as state police has been disarmed, hospitals have no medical supplies and deaths are being hidden were and are still being spread, with absolutely no basis," he said.
Citing the menace of terrorism in the Valley, the Governor said, "Jammu and Kashmir has been suffering for over 30 years from cross-border terrorism supported and fed by our neighbour. This cross-border terrorism has cost over 40,000 human lives." He said due to the cross-border terrorism, economy of the state has stagnated. 
"There is no growth, no jobs nor investment. Tourism has been badly affected," he said. 
Announcing that the government was easing restrictions in the Valley, he said that government is conscious of difficulties faced by people. "Hence, from day one we have been trying to improve the situation. Relaxation has been gradually made, step by step, and more will happen."
Malik pointed out that, as of now, 81 out of 111 police stations in Kashmir have daytime relaxations. "A few more areas will open in a few days. Only a few hardcore trouble spots will remain closed longer. In the state, 167 out of 197 police stations have no daytime restrictions on movement," he said. 
Announcing the government was opening mobile phone connectivity in Kupwara and Handwara districts, he said: "And soon we will open connectivity in other districts as well." 
Malik said the medium of phone and internet is used less by the people and more by terrorists and Pakistanis as for mobilisation and indoctrination.
"It is a kind of weapon used against us, so we have stopped it. Services will be resumed gradually," he said.
He said the statements from across the border and also by terrorist organizations were a cause for great concern. It is an open invitation for violence, killings and disruption of economic activity. 
Malik underlined that the government's objective is to work maximum for the people so that in the long-term, everybody realizes that it was indeed done for their benefit.
"J&K and Ladakh will see so much of development in the coming days that people in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir will also start asking for the same kind of development," he said. 

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