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Guv asks SFs to be vigilant
SRINAGAR, Aug 14: Governor N N Vohra today asked security forces and police to remain ever vigilant to ensure that militancy and subversive activities are not allowed to rear their head again.

In a message on Independence Day, the governor observed that while the environment may not have been completely rid of varied anti-national activities, 2011 marked the beginning of change. He said that recurring agitations and hartals had generated serious adverse consequences, particularly for the daily wage workers, whose families had to literally starve if normal activities were disrupted even for a single day, adding that the people at large, weary of their prolonged sufferings in the recent years, are now yearning for sustained peace and normalcy.

“In the country’s march towards growth and development, Jammu and Kashmir has not been able to remain on the forefront because of the serious difficulties and disturbances which our people had to encounter for nearly two decades. Thanks to the sacrifices made by the people of the state and the security forces, there has been a progressive decline in the incidence of militancy and subversive activities, adding that we must pay homage to all those who laid down their lives to preserve the territorial integrity of our country,” governor said.

He observed that it is gratifying to note that while 2011 saw the revival of economic activities and tourism, the current year is marked by the restoration of a positive environment on almost all fronts. While the agricultural and industrial sectors are moving forward steadily, there has been a two-fold increase in the number of tourist arrivals as compared to that in the corresponding period last year. The Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji pilgrimage crossed the one crore mark in December 2011 and has been continuing to grow steadily in the current year. The pilgrimage to Shri Amarnathji Shrine, which symbolises the centuries old pluralistic practices and traditions of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, concluded earlier this month. This year’s successful Yatra, which is organised with the strong support and cooperation of the local people, witnessed the arrival of well over six lakh devotees from all over the country, Vohra added.

The governor said, “If the environment of normalcy is to be sustained the administrative system shall need to work with enhanced commitment and sustained zeal to ensure that all public services, particularly in the remote and unconnected areas, are delivered timely, efficiently and without any element of dishonesty, whatsoever. Several initiatives have been taken to enhance transparency in the functioning of public institutions. These need to be further strengthened and enlarged to eliminate corrupt practices and ensure that the ordinary person is well and timely served, on all fronts”.

Referring to the development scenario, Vohra said the Annual Plan (2012-13) outlay, of Rs 7300 crore, is the largest ever. Besides, there is an allocation of Rs 700 crore under the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan and very significant funding is available under the different Centrally Sponsored Schemes and programmes. He stressed that the various governmental departments and agencies must accept the challenge of ensuring that all available resources are utilised timely, efficiently and effectively, allowing no loss of funds or slippages of any kind, whatsoever.

News Updated at : Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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