New Delhi: New J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Tuesday that engaging with “alienated youth” and reaching out to common people would be at the top of his agenda.
“I will ensure that the administration is at the beck and call of the people and there are no complaints about governance. I have already asked deputy commissioners to hold a meeting with locals every week. I have directed the advisers to visit every district headquarters once a week to meet the people,” Malik told PTI in an interview.
“The governor’s house will be people’s house,” he said.
Asked about his reaction to his transfer to Jammu and Kashmir, he said, “It’s a job. I know it’s a challenging job but every challenge throws a new opportunity. I am sure that I will be able to fulfil the goal of turning it into a prosperous state.”
The governor said he had called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after taking oath. “We have a prime minister who is very Kashmir friendly and has the best understanding about Kashmir and he has advised me to reach out to the people as much as I can,” he said.
Asked whether holding of local body elections including Panchayat polls figured in the list of priorities, he said, “It does, definitely. After all, empowering local bodies is essential for people. I will ensure that there is a free flow of funds to the elected representatives as this way we will ensure that fruits of development reach the grassroots.”
On a question about local youths joining militant groups, Malik said, “I know it’s a problem. I have a blueprint in my mind and I will definitely ensure that the misguided youths are engaged with and brought back into family life.” He did not elaborate on the blueprint he had in mind.
Malik said his focus would also be on ensuring better sports facilities in the state. “The youth of the state are quite talented and all we require is to tap their potential. I want to see more and more youths from the state qualifying in higher education and all India services,” he said.
The new governor, who made courtesy calls on President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi, was set to leave for Kashmir Valley on Tuesday. He has meetings planned with top officials of the army, paramilitary and police.
“After that, I will be travelling across the length and breadth of the state and meeting civil society,” he said.
Mentioning the commendable role played by Jammu and Kashmir Police, the governor said, “I will be addressing the difficulties faced by the police on a war footing. I met the home minister and requested for providing accommodation to them. He has agreed and we will work out the plan soon.”