Culprits Will Be Booked, Even If They Hide In Fortress: LG Sinha


Poonch- Hours after Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) carried out massive searches over alleged irregularities in the recruitment process of sub-inspectors, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Tuesday warned strict action saying that the culprits involved in the wrongdoings won’t be spared.

“No more sale of jobs will be allowed in J&K. All the culprits in the alleged irregularities in recruitment examination of Sub-Inspector, Financial Account Assistant and Junior Engineer will be punished severely,” Sinha said.

“Even if the accused will be hiding in a fortress, we will bring them to justice,” he said, adding that his government has handed over the case to CBI for a thorough probe

The LG made these remarks during his visit to Poonch during which he inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of several projects worth Rs.195 cores to accelerate the development of 229 Panchayats of the district, an official spokesperson said.

“It is our firm resolve to strengthen the connectivity in border villages. 14 road projects worth Rs. 50 crore launched today will bring prosperity and help in overall development of the area,” the LG said, while addressing a mammoth gathering at the Sports Stadium here.

According to the spokesperson, the LG paid homage to Padma Shri Mali, a female member of Gujjar Community who saved Poonch in 1971 war on the occasion.

“As a tribute to Smt. Mali’s invaluable contribution to the country, Govt Degree College, Mandi will be named after her,” Sinha said, adding “Effective steps shall be taken by the district administration to make young generations aware of her inspiring saga,”

The LG, as per the spokesperson said that Poonch is our pride and several steps are being taken to transform its ecological richness and evolve innovative and ecologically sustainable ways of promoting tourism that will provide greater thrust to other economic activities.

Sinha said that as a significant step towards tapping the immense tourism potential of the district, the project of tourist infrastructure development of Noori Chhamb under PMDP was also inaugurated today.

The spokesperson said that the LG observed that Tribal community awaited social justice for years, and said that under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, various schemes have been implemented in Jammu and Kashmir and today every tribal family has been granted their long due constitutional rights.

He further said that under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program, (PMEGP), skill development for tribal youth has been started in Poonch and two batches of training have been completed.

“The Government is bearing the expenses of the Coaching for young boys and girls of the tribal community for the Civil Services, J&K Administrative Service examination, NEET, JEE examination,” he added.

The LG, the spokesperson said, also announced that there will be no shortage of funds for those youths who aspire to become entrepreneurs.

“In Poonch last year, as many as 1479 young boys & girls have been made entrepreneurs and they have also provided employment to more than 3500 people. This year also, we have set a target to make 1062 youth entrepreneurs. Under the Mumkin program of Mission Youth, 97 vehicles have been distributed among the youth and under Tejaswini Yojana, we are moving towards fulfilling the dream of 300 girls to become entrepreneurs,” the LG said.

The LG, according to the spokesperson said the special focus of administration is on development of border villages by ensuring effective implementation of projects under BADP, Samridh Seema Yojana and Aspirational Block.

He said that 55 projects of Samridh Seema Yojna and 11 projects of Aspirational Block have been approved and their tendering process is going on.

The spokesperson said that the LG highlighted that in the last two years, the administration has tried diligently to ensure that the benefits of infrastructure and social welfare reach even the remotest villages of this border district.

“Last year, a total of 1734 projects were completed in Poonch which exceeded the target set in the district capex. This year, under the district capex budget, Rs 924 crore was allocated to the district for development works and out of 1412 projects taken up this year, 80% work will be completed by 31 October,” he added.

Addressing the demands of the public representatives and people of Poonch, the spokesperson said that the LG assured that Mendhar, Poonch Mini Secretariat will be completed soon.

“Power capacity of various areas of Poonch including Chandak, Mendhar, Loran will also be augmented to cater to the needs of the people,” Sinha said.

“We are working on the principle of “Governance for all” and not for a select few. Dedicated efforts are being made to establish Corruption free, Drug Free & Job-oriented society,” he added.

The LG also announced that 20 mobile towers and a Trauma Centre will come up soon in Poonch.

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