Jammu: Militancy-hit Kashmir valley would once again become “paradise on earth”, as it was described by Mughal Emperor Jahangir, said Governor Satya Pal Malik in his Republic Day address to the people of Jammu & Kashmir.
“I have no doubt that a day will come once again when Kashmir will be the same as what Emperor Jahangir had praised – a paradise on earth,” Malik said.
To restore the lost glory of the valley, Malik pinned his hopes on the support and contribution of people from all walks of life.
Seeking people’s support in turning the state’s fortune, Malik promised that his administration would continue to work on its mission of good governance and development.
“I appeal to the members of civil society, political parties, leaders of all social, cultural, religious and other organisations in the state to come forward and lend their hands in building a prosperous Jammu and Kashmir,” the governor said.
The governor unfurled the national flag and took salute at the march-past at Jammu University stadium, marking India’s 70th Republic Day celebrations.
Conveying warm greetings to the people, Malik also complimented the team of his advisors, state chief secretary, and officers of civil and police administration for ensuring discernible change in development and governance in the state.
“I assure you all that this process will continue till a democratically-elected government is back in the state. I will reassure you that the government will continue to work on its Mission Good Governance and Mission Delivering Development,” he said.
An Indian Air Force chopper showered rose petals over the venue as the governor unfurled the tricolour amid cheers from the gathering at a well-attended function. People also enjoyed the skills of the dare-devil team of the state police.
Listing various steps taken by his administration to ensure “good governance”, the governor said tourism is an important part of overall development and employment strategy and the government is committed to “unlock” the vast potential of the sector.
“We have launched a sustained campaign to address the challenges posed to the sector by the negative perception of the situation in the valley,” Malik said. “Our efforts have begun to pay dividends, which is evident from the fact that hotels in Pahalgam and Gulmarg have been registering almost 100 percent occupancy for the past couple of months.”
To promote tourism in Ladakh region, the central government has approved opening of more tourist and trekking routes, Malik said. An additional investment of Rs 2,000 crore has been approved by the centre for development of new tourism infrastructure projects in the state under PMDP. The investment will increase tourist flow to the state by way of providing better amenities and accommodation, Malik said.