Situation in Kashmir improves to large extent since Aug: LG

Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu addressing the Passing Out Parade at STC Sheeri in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Aabid Nabi
Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu addressing the Passing Out Parade at STC Sheeri in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Aabid Nabi

Internet to be restored in phases
Govt to implement 73rd, 74th Amendments
Fayaz Bukhari
Srinagar, Dec 4: Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu today disclosed that the internet services across Kashmir will be restored in a phased manner when the situation normalises further. He, however, said that overall situation post Article 370 revocation had improved to a large extent.
The LG while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Passing Out- cum Attestation Parade of 15th Basic Recruitment Training Course (BRTC) held at Subsidiary Training School (STC), Sheeri, Baramulla today said that internet in Kashmir will be restored in phased manner. “We are reviewing the situation and as it becomes more normal, we will restore the internet in phased manner. We have already discussed this matter with the administration,” he said.
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Murmu said that people in Kashmir are interested in development. “The participation of people across the Valley is very good. I have recently mentioned it in my speech that people are also coming out and they are interested in the development,” he added.
The LG said that the high-level coordination between the security forces has led to the improvement in the situation. “Police is doing a commendable service and there is higher co-ordination between our forces”, he said.
“Jammu and Kashmir being one of the oldest forces of the nation has faced all the challenges very boldly and they have ensured peaceful environment in the region,” he said.
Murmu lauded the role of Police and civil administration for their services during Government’s ambitious Back to Village Programmes which aim to provide governance at the people’s doorsteps.
He stressed the importance of greater synergy between police and civil administration to provide hassle-free services to the people and help the Government to realize the dream of development in Jammu and Kashmir.
The LG said that the police and paramilitary forces have remained on the forefront to ensure smooth conduct of activities like Panchayat and BDC polls and Back to Village Programmes. He said it is good to learn that the people are coming out and helping the Government in the developmental process.
He said besides ensuring law and order in the region, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has a greater role to play in implementing the fruitful welfare schemes and programmes of the Government with utmost devotion and dedication in an accelerated manner.
Urging the police to ensure that people’s grievances are addressed on priority, Murmu said that people-friendly Policing is call of the day which will yield greater results in ensuring the law and order, peace and tranquility in the region.
“This is a historical event. From today, you (Passing out cadets) will be joining the mainstream police ranks and playing your roles in safeguarding the interests of the nation,” the LG said.
He complimented Jammu and Kashmir Police for organizing the training and parade successfully. He said it was heartening to note that police was conducting all its recruitment process though a Transparent Recruitment Process (TRP) and the education profile of the passing out recruit constables was also encouraging. He advised the trainee cadets to serve the public with utmost devotion and dedication and wished them success for the future.
On projects, the LG urged people to avail the developmental schemes of the Government. He said that several projects have been listed as “Languishing”, assuring that the administration was taking every possible step to clear all such projects for the welfare of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that around 2500 projects were reviewed out of which about 1000 are going to be completed sooner.
Earlier, the LG inspected the parade and took the salute. Nearly 950 trainee constables passed out after completing their basic recruit training.
He informed that he has convened a marathon meeting to take an in-depth review of the Police Department and some of the welfare measures for the Department were in the offing. He added that some of the genuine grievances and demands, including Housing and other allowances, of the Police Department were being thoroughly examined and a decision in this regard would be taken soon.
Meanwhile, Murmu today reiterated the Government’s commitment for effectively implementing 73rd and 74th Amendments for empowering Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) that will further strengthen the democratic set up at the grass-root level. He said that PRIs shall be devolved with sufficient financial resources besides terming such institutions vital for meeting the public expectations at the grass root level.
He made these remarks during a Public Outreach Camp chaired by him in the frontier village of Salamabad , Uri in Baramulla district.
While terming the public participation necessary for achieving the goals of development, the Lt. Governor said that Government is committed to ensure the equitable development of all the regions of J&K. Various initiatives are afoot to develop the border and remote areas, he added.
He said that special efforts will be taken to augment the power generation capacity so that gap between the demand and supply is bridged. He further added that J&K is endowed with huge potential of power generation besides observing that every Government office/building shall be equipped with solar power harnessing techniques.
In his welcome speech, Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh hailed the government, especially the LG, for taking keen interest in police welfare. He complimented the recruits for undergoing nine-month rigorous training successfully. He said that with their joining the Jammu and Kashmir Police would become stronger and hoped that the passing out cadets will work for the nation with dedication. He congratulated the award-winning cadets and also the families and relatives of passing out trainees.
Principal of the STC, Showkat Ahmad Dar, highlighted the profile of the new recruits and also gave a brief about the pieces of training conducted for them.
Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, ADGP, CID, Dr B Srinivas, ADGP Armed, SJM Gillani, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, SP Pani, Inspector General of Police, Armed, Vijay Kumar and SSP Baramulla, Qayoom Ahmad, among other senior police and civil functionaries were present on the occasion.