Srinagar- Asserting that it is a sacred obligation to defend every inch of motherland even if it demands sacrificing everything, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Monday pledged to wipe out militancy from the Union Territory in one year.
Sinha made these remarks after laying foundation stone of 25 DDC, BDC buildings, besides inaugurating 1000 Amrit Sarovars across J&K, in a function at SKICC here on Saturday
“Time has come when all of us will have to work together to cement peace. Within a year from now, we will push the last nail in the coffin of militancy and make peace a permanent feature of J&K,” the LG said addressing a gathering at SKICC on the banks of Dal lake here. He said security forces were working day in and out to cement peace in J&K.
He said that without peace, there can be no development in any part of the world. “Some people are wearing dark glasses and can’t see development taking place in J&K. “Union Minister is on record in the parliament that 1 Crore tourists visited J&K this year. Srinagar airport saw 110 flights operating in a day while 44 flights operated from Jammu airport against the previous record of six flights a day,” he said.
The LG said that work on two AIIMS, Medical Colleges, Cancer hospital are in full swing. “Next year, Kashmir will be connected with the Kanyakumari through train,” he said.
The LG said that J&K has been the crown of India but some elements hatched conspiracies to destabilize the region and foment trouble. “We are committed to restore the last glory of the region. Today, in Pulwama, 10,000 youth are holding tri-colour in their hands. Same is the case with Shopian district and other districts of Kashmir. There is no coercion”.
J&K has been the crown of India and we are working in that direction to restore its old glory. Some people are not able to see the change. In Pulwama, 10,000 youth with Tiranga in arms shouting Bharat Mata ki Jai, in Shopian and other districts. This is happening without any coercion and by the will of youth,” he said.
Sinha said that not a single civilian was killed in security forces firing in the last three years. “We are following the policy of don’t touch innocent people and don’t leave the culprit,” he said. The LG said youth in Kashmir have changed. “Those who would hold stones in their hands are today participating in peace-building,” he said.
The LG E-inaugurated various projects on the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Maha Utsav—commemoration of 75 years of India’s Independence.
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