January 2017 News
Violence Will Yield No Result: Guv25 January 2017
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Jammu: Governor NN Vohra today appealed to the leaders of various movements and youth, particularly in the Kashmir Valley, to shun the path of confrontation, shutdown and violence, saying 'it will yield no result except dragging the people and the state to slip further far behind'. He said all stakeholders should accept that the only way forward was through 'reconciliation, restoration of communal harmony, and engaging in dialogue to resolve all our issues'. 'If the upcoming generation is to achieve its full potential it is the responsibility of all the stakeholders to ensure that an undisturbed environment prevails in the state,' he asserted. The Governor also observed that Jammu and Kashmir has not been able to achieve its goals because of the western neighbour's 'unceasing ventures to destabilise our democratic framework and 'perpetrate violence and terrorism to seize Kashmir'. In his Republic Day message, the Governor while extending greetings and good wishes to the people of the state said the prolonged disturbance in the Valley last summer resulted in large human losses and an unprecedented number of security forces personnel were injured. 'I share the grief of all those who have lost their dear ones. The strikes, which extended from week to week, caused large economic losses and particularly severe hardships for the daily-wage earners. The violent agitators burnt several dozen schools and set ablaze government offices, police stations and private properties,' he added. The Governor said the recent disturbances caused 'irreparable damage' to the functioning of the educational system. The studies of over 14 lakh school-going children and nearly a lakh college and university students were severely disrupted, he said. 'In the past several years, I have been repeatedly cautioning against the serious consequences of a confrontationist approach being followed to resolve our problems. I yet again appeal to the leaders of all social, cultural, religious, political and other organisations in the state to seriously ponder over the happenings in the past months and recognise that the recurring agitations are causing varied adverse consequences for our people, particularly those who live in the Valley,' he said. Vohra said an environment of 'distrust, confrontations and violence' would disrupt the society and further retard the growth and development of the state. 'It is, therefore, of crucial importance that all the stakeholders must not lose any further time in accepting that the only way forward is through reconciliation, restoration of communal harmony, and engaging in dialogue to resolve all our issues.' Batting for peaceful relations with neigbouring countries, the Governor hoped that the Pakistan would soon realise the high dividends to be gained if peace prevails along the frontiers. He also expressed satisfaction over the present government's commitment to conduct Panchayat elections by next March and establishing the three-tier Panchayati Raj structure which has been functioning in the rest of the country for the past several decades now. 'The government is also committed to carrying through the long pending elections to the Urban Local Bodies,' the Governor said, adding: 'I look forward to seeing the maximum number of voters exercising their franchise in the forthcoming Panchayat and Municipal polls.' The Governor also conveyed warm greetings to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and the members of her council of ministers, and trust that they would strive to see J&K soon achieving peace, progress and prosperity.