Following the recent spike in militancy-related incidents in the valley, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today said there was no need to be afraid as security forces were on alert and a strategy was in place to deal with the situation.
“There is a strategy, but it cannot be discussed in the media,” Sinha told reporters in Baramulla district, north Kashmir.
“Whenever there is a major program, some people try to get a message across. But, the security forces and the police, including our paramilitary forces, are vigilant and no one should be afraid, we will take good care of them,” he said.
Asked about the renovation of temples in the valley, the LG said people should also come forward rather than wait for the government.
“There is a need for the religious place of any religion to be well maintained – be it a temple, a mosque, a gurdwara or a church.
“Recently, a long-closed church was renovated in Srinagar. Temples are also being renovated and so are mosques,” Sinha said.
“People have to think that if we have faith in temples, then they should come forward. The mosques are theirs, and they should come forward to keep them safe. It is not practical to expect government to do everything,” he said.
Asked about the alleged vandalism of temples, Sinha said the administration was quick to react against such things and action was taken.
“It is a thing of the past. Some malicious elements try to send the wrong message, but the administration responds quickly to such things and action is taken,” he said.
Earlier, the LG touched on a ‘Sahi Raasta’ program organized by the army’s Chinar Corps.
In his address, he said young minds have an instinctive attraction to the ideals of peace, selfless service and societal progress.
He also wrote on Twitter: “The JK administration has taken many steps to create supportive infrastructure, programs and policies to meet the aspirations of the youth population. Entrepreneurship and job opportunities are growing dramatically, tourism is growing by leaps and bounds.
He said it was necessary to thwart the underground and terrestrial extremist ideological campaign, which is involved in the misguidance of our young people.
“Young people and the whole community have a huge responsibility to isolate and expose those who justify or condone terrorism,” he said.
Sinha said JK has a large pool of excellent human resources and a favorable demographic profile, which is receiving increased attention from India Inc, which is interested in transforming the economic landscape of the region.
Under the leadership of the Honorable Prime Minister, in August 2019, Jammu and Kashmir entered a new era of governance. “We are addressing critical areas of reform to accelerate investment and growth,” the lieutenant governor said.
Calling peace and harmony as prerequisites for development, he commended the military and security forces for their sustained efforts to maintain peace and bring the misguided youths back to the right path.
Chinar Corps’ “Sahi Raasta” initiative in collaboration with UT administration and civil society aims to bring wayward youth back to normal life and provide them with opportunities for a bright future and eliminate their misconceptions through interactions and guidance with expert mentors.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt. Gen. DP Pandey, GOC Chinar Corps, spoke briefly about the “Sahi Raasta” initiative and the participants who benefited from it.
Maj-General SS Salaria, GoC Kilo Force; BK Singh, principal secretary of school education; Brigadier Alok Dash, Sector 10 Commander; RR Swain, CID Special DG; Vijay Kumar, PGI Kashmir; Udhay Bhaskar Billa, DIG North; Bhupinder Kumar, DC Baramulla; Rayees Mohammad Bhat, SSP Baramulla; Colonel Bannerjee 10 Sector RR, in addition to a large number of young people, their parents and mentors were present on occasion.