Jammu and Kashmir is incomplete without Kashmiri Pandits, said Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday at the Sher-e-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar in his speech celebrating the 73rd Independence Day. "Jammu and Kashmir is incomplete without Kashmiri Pandits. The administration is committed towards their return and rehabilitation in Kashmir," said the Governor.
The Governor asserted that 3,000 vacancies out of 6,000 in the public sector were established for the Kashmiri migrant Pandits and these vacancies will be filled soon. "The process for recruitment against the remaining 3,000 posts out of 6,000 created for Kashmiri migrants and the construction of transit accommodation for the employees serving in the Valley has been expedited," he said. He added that the steps have been taken against corruption in the union territory, adding that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is trying hard to eradicate corruption at all levels.
Governor Malik also congratulated the people of Kashmir for cooperating with the administration during the Amarnath Yatra. He said that the pilgrimage went smoothly for 30 days and over three lakh devotees visited. He added that the manner in which the Amarnath Yatra and Haj were organised is a classic example of 'Kashmiriyat' which is exemplary for its communal harmony.
He paid homage to leaders who made sacrifices to win the country's freedom and urged all to strongly affirm dedication to safeguarding unity and integrity of the nation. The Governor also paid homage and saluted the brave hearts of state police, Central Armed Police Forces and the Army who made supreme sacrifice to preserve the territorial integrity of our country.
Governor Malik said, "The changes that the Central Government has brought are not only historic but also open a new door for the development of the people of Jammu-Kashmir, and Ladakh. I assure the people of Jammu & Kashmir that their identity is not on the line, it hasn't been tampered with. The constitution of India allows different regional identities to flourish."
Speaking about Ladakh, he also asserted that the formation of Union Territory of Ladakh fulfilled a long pending demand, enabling people to realise their aspirations. Malik informed that the foundation stone for new Kushak Bakula Rimpoche Airport terminal building at Leh has been laid and the process is underway to establish a full-fledged commercial airport at Kargil.
"The formation of Ladakh as a new territory will enable the people of Ladakh to realise their aspirations despite the difficult terrain. My administration had created a separate Revenue and Administrative Division for `Ladakh` comprising the districts of Leh and Kargil with a divisional commissioner and an inspector general of police. Around 495 posts were also sanctioned for staffing the various departments of this division," Malik said.
He said that a separate University has been established for Ladakh region for which a vice-chancellor has been appointed and now students do not have to move outside Ladakh for higher studies.