Srinagar: Governor, N N Vohra on Monday accused the freedom movement for “retarded” growth of Jammu and Kashmir economy. He also accused that Pakistan of maintaining its strong support to “subversive and terrorist activities” in Jammu and Kashmir.
“For many years now, J&K’s growth and progress has been retarded by the continuing programmes of protestations and agitations, calls for which are given by the separatist elements,” Vohra said in his message on the eve of India’s 71st Independence day.
Vohra said that the “recurring disturbances”, besides the loss of lives, “have adversely impacted tourism and trade, and economic activities”.
“The day to day shut-downs and hartals have also resulted in disrupting the functioning of the governmental machinery and the public delivery systems, closure of transport, difficulties in the movement of goods and services and prolonged delays in the implementation of growth and development programmes in the state,” he said.
Vohra accused that Pakistan maintained its strong support to “subversive and terrorist activities and, in the recent past, also very significantly stepped up ceasefire violations and attempts at infiltrating a much larger number of terrorists into Kashmir”. He said that in the last one year, government forces had remained “perennially engaged” in carrying out “counter terrorist operations”, particularly in south Kashmir.
The Governor’s message greeted people of Jammu and Kashmir and stressed that homage be paid to leaders who made “enormous sacrifices to carry out a prolonged struggle for liberating the country from the foreign yoke”. He said that since its independence, India had achieved notable development on many fronts was fastest growing among the large economies in the world.
The Governor said that while J&K’s economy suffered from prolonged shodowns, the educational system has also “suffered irreparable damage on account of the recurring agitations”.
“The repeated interruptions in teaching and examination schedules of educational institutions have adversely affected the career prospects of our youth,” he said. “It is unfortunate that parents, teachers and the civil society have not so far gathered the courage for protecting the educational system and saving our youth from getting embroiled in the agendas of the disruptive elements.”
Vohra said that the “collective voice” of the various mainstream political parties would assume much greater strength if all the civil society groups in J&K, of whatever kind, also join the cause to “negate the agendas of those who seek to de-stabilise the state”.