‘I Want To Assure Youth That There Will No Compromise On Transparency And Merit’
Srinagar- Two days after cancelling the recruitment process of Finance Accounts Assistants and Junior Engineers and recommending a CBI probe, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Wednesday warned strict action against the culprits involved in alleged irregularities into the selection process.
“There were complaints of irregularities in the recruitment examination of Sub-Inspector, Financial Account Assistant and Junior Engineer. High-level committee investigated the allegations without delay and keeping in view the recommendation of the committee, the investigation of these three examinations has been handed over to the CBI,” the LG said.
Sinha made these remarks while attending the celebration of 37th Foundation day of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) and 12th Annual day of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul, Charan Paduka at Katra on Wednesday, an official spokesperson said.
The LG, he said, warned that strict action shall be taken as per the law against the culprits for alleged irregularities in recruitment examination of Sub-Inspector, Financial Account Assistant and Junior Engineer.
“I want to assure the youth that there will no compromise on transparency and merit. Justice will be ensured, their ability and merit will be respected and strict action will be taken against all those elements who have unethically tried to harm the future of meritorious aspirants,” the LG said.
Observing that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul is the center of knowledge and wisdom, the LG, as per the spokesperson said that the Gurukul is a perfect medium to develop the future leaders who will be well accustomed with the Modern, Traditional, and Spiritual Education.
“From the last 12 years the Gurukul is paving the way for the strong spiritual-cultural foundation of J&K. The affiliation of Gurukul with Central Sanskrit University, New Delhi is an important step towards revival of Sanskrit in J&K and connecting students with science and spirituality,” the LG said.
“At Gurukul, we must encourage original ideas among the students and nurture their mind so that they can learn higher values of life and dedicate themselves towards nation building. It should be our endeavor that necessary changes should be made in the syllabus as per the National Education Policy,” he added.
The LG, according to the spokesperson said that in the last two years, the administration has tried to reshape the education system in J&K according to the National Education Policy.
“Work has been done to develop all the institutions from school to university level as centers of change in consciousness. Today our youth are giving priority to service to society along with personal aspiration and that is a notable transformation after a long time,” Sinha said.
“We have launched several important initiatives in the last two years, including the flagship program ‘Student- Teacher Mentorship’ which is a revolutionary step towards enhancing learning outcomes by identifying the learning gaps. In Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul also, the teachers will get an opportunity to radically change their teaching method by assessing the needs, capability and interests of the students. It will also lead to commensurate changes to the syllabus to inculcate ideas based on future requirements,” he added.
According to the spokesperson, the LG appreciated the efforts of the management for affiliation with the Central Sanskrit University and expansion of the Gurukul as far as Student intake is concerned.
Sinha, he said, also highlighted the measures undertaken to cater to the needs of 8-9 lakh devotees visiting Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine every month.
The LG also remembered the key role of Jagmohan, former Governor of erstwhile J&K in the constitution of SMVD Shrine Board.
“Keeping in view the heavy rush of devotees, we are constantly improving the facilities to make their pilgrimage hassle-free. In the last two years, new projects have been sanctioned for better facilities and resources and important steps have also been taken for crowd management at the holy shrine. The work on Sky Walk will be completed by December,” the LG said, as per the spokesperson.
“MoU between National Highway Logistics Management Limited (NHLML) and Katra Development Authority that was inked on 30th August 2022 will create one of its kind intermodal stations for the devotees bringing services like helipad, railway station, bus stand, auto stand, parking, five star hotels, and other modern day facilities at one place,” he added.
Enlisting a host of new initiatives taken for ensuring that pilgrims from all over the world get state-of-the-art facilities and further strengthening the linkage between the local economy and pilgrimage, the LG, as per the spokesperson said that the government is working on development and promotion of spiritual tourism circuit.
“Efforts are being made for conservation and revitalization of spiritual cultural heritage and to bring prominent spiritual and religious places like Purmandal- Utterbehni, Mansar-Surinsar and Shiv Khori on the religious tourism circuit of the country which will also generate livelihood opportunities for the locals,” the LG said.
“As many as 18 projects for conservation of places with spiritual cultural importance have been started in Jammu, Kathua, Ramban, Reasi, Samba, Udhampur which were neglected for years. After waiting for seven decades, all these sites will be restored and the surrounding infrastructure will also be developed and comprehensive and holistic development of the entire area will be ensured,” he added.
According to the spokesperson, Sinha also laid the foundation stone of various projects of Shrine Board and Gurukul, including a new hostel for the expansion of Gurukul and accommodation facilities for Shrine Board’s employees at Ardhkuwari and Banganga.
The LG, he said, also announced hardship allowance for 1450 SMVDSB employees posted at Higher Altitude, besides rolling out new RFID system for the convenience of the passengers.
The system will ensure seamless access control with minimal hassle to devotees. For better crowd management and tracking of the Yatries, 29 counters and control rooms have been set up in Katra and verification counters have been set up at 7 locations on the track.
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