JAMMU: Governor NN Vohra thanked the police, paramilitary forces and the army for their devotion and continuing sacrifices and urged them to continue maintaining a close vigil on the frontiers.
In his address, after hoisting the tricolour at the State level function on the occasion of the 67thRepublic Day, at Maulana Azad Stadium here this morning, the governor also complimented the people who live in the border areas for their courage and cooperation.
The governor observed that it is the duty of all citizens to protect and preserve the unity and integrity of the nation. Towards the attainment of such an objective all of us must join hands to negate all divisive and communal forces and promote societal harmony and brotherhood, he said. He stressed that it is equally important that we learn to settle all our disputes and disagreements, such as they may be, through dialogue and discussion and remember that we shall be able to achieve growth and development and eradicate poverty and illiteracy only if peace and normalcy prevails in the land.
The governor observed that for the past over two and a half decades, the growth and development of Jammu and Kashmir has been adversely affected by the “continuing proxy war launched by our western neighbor”.
He said that in the past year, besides the repeated incidents of cross border firing and attempts at infiltration, there were five militant attacks: two across the LoC in the Tangdhar sector, two across the IB in Samba and Kathua, and one at Udhampur.
The governor said that India remains committed to maintaining friendly relations with all its neighbours and our Prime Minister has launched fresh initiatives for securing peaceful relations with Pakistan. He hoped that his endeavours will bear fruit and the people of Jammu and Kashmir would be able to live and work in a peaceful environment in the coming time.
The governor stressed that growth and the pace of development will improve significantly also when the governmental machinery starts performing with speed, efficiency and accountability. To restore the people’s faith and trust in the functioning of the administrative apparatus it is of vital importance to eradicate corruption and visibly improve the functioning of the public delivery systems, he said.
The governor observed that consequent to the colossal damage caused by the floods in September 2014, in the past year the government was faced with varied problems, among which a major challenge related to the repair and reconstruction of public infrastructure, particularly re-opening roads and bridges which had been washed away. He said that while the previous government had commenced certain initiatives, economic investment and growth has not so far taken off for varied reasons, which include inadequate financial resources, poor connectivity, high transportation cost of raw materials and acute shortage of power.