Vohras R-Day message: Negate divisive, communal forces

In his message on the R-day eve, Vohra said for the past over two and a half decades, “the growth and development of Jammu and Kashmir has been adversely affected by the continuing proxy war launched by our western neighbour.”

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It’s the duty of all citizens to protect and preserve the unity and integrity of India and everyone should join hands to “negate all divisive and communal forces and promote societal harmony and brotherhood,” J&K Governor NN Vohra said on Monday.

Batting for resolution of disputes through dialogue and discussion, he said it is “important we learn to settle all our disagreements, such as they may be, through dialogue and discussion. It is necessary to remember that we shall be able to achieve growth and development and eradicate poverty and illiteracy only if peace and normalcy prevails in the land.”

In his message on the R-day eve, Vohra said for the past over two and a half decades, “the growth and development of Jammu and Kashmir has been adversely affected by the continuing proxy war launched by our western neighbour.”

“In 2015, besides the repeated incidents of cross border firing and attempts at infiltration, there were five terror attacks: two across the LoC in Tangdhar sector, two across the IB in Samba and Kathua, and one at Udhampur,” he said.

He said India remains committed to maintaining friendly relations with all its neighbours and “our Prime Minister has launched fresh initiatives for securing peaceful relations with Pakistan.”

“It is hoped that his endeavours will bear fruit and people of Jammu and Kashmir would be able to live and work in a peaceful environment in the coming time,” Vohra, who is presently head of the State, said.

For accelerating the restoration and reconstruction programmes, the Prime Minister of India, during his visit to Srinagar in November 2015, announced a Special Package of over Rs 80,000 crore which will support humanitarian and multi-sectoral growth initiatives for promoting an environment of certainty and stability, the Governor said. 

He said this Special Package includes provision of relief to the flood affected, refugees and migrants and implementation of projects for development of social and economic infrastructure. 

The Governor observed that growth and pace of development will “improve significantly also when the governmental machinery starts performing with speed, efficiency and accountability.”

He emphasized that to “restore the people’s faith and trust in the functioning of the administrative apparatus it is of vital importance to eradicate corruption and visibly improve the functioning of the public delivery systems.”  

Emphasizing the need for empowerment of people, the Governor said that “governance shall become more effective and productive when the people are adequately empowered and are involved both in decision making and in the implementation of developmental schemes and programmes.” He said that towards this objective, it is necessary to undertake the now very long pending elections to Urban Local Bodies and to urgently carry out reforms in the existing urban administration and taxation framework. 

He said that side by side, timely elections to Panchayats and the establishment of Panchayati Raj Institutions will enable the people at the village level to themselves determine their developmental priorities and also monitor implementation of the various works and programmes which are meant to promote their welfare. He hoped that both these objectives shall be attained during the current year.  

The Governor thanked the J&K Police, Central Armed Police Forces and the Army “for their devotion and continuing sacrifices and urged them to continue maintaining a close vigil on the frontiers.” He also complimented the people who live in the border areas for their “courage and cooperation.”

The Governor said that on occasion of R-Day, “we must pay homage to the great leaders who carried out a prolonged struggle to liberate India from the colonial rule.” He said that we must also “pay tribute to the founding fathers of the Constitution of India who set for us the goals of nationhood.”

“Soon after 2014 floods, peaceful elections to the State Assembly were conducted and, after a brief spell of Governor’s Rule, the PDP-BJP Coalition took over the reins of Government on 1st March, 2015. Unfortunately, after a brief illness, Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed suddenly passed away in early January this year. Consequently, the State is presently under Governor’s Rule, which I hope shall not be for long,” he said.

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