Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said not everything some J&K Bank officials told him about irregularities in recruitments was the “gospel truth”.
“Some youth and bank officials came to meet me at Raj Bhawan and told me about the irregularities in the recruitment process for certain appointments. And I discussed the same with media during my interviews. But, whatever they told me was not the gospel truth. Things will be clear only after an inquiry,” Malik told media persons here after flagging off a mission aimed at ensuring every household gets power connection.
This was Governor Malik’s first interaction with Jammu media.
He said he and secretary of the bank have directed the subordinate staff to ensure smooth functioning of the bank.
“J&K Bank is doing great business. It is a wonderful institution and we will ensure in future also it functions properly,” he said.
On his statements about corruption in Kashmir, the Governor said “some people” have been distorting his statements by claiming that he called the entire Kashmiri community corrupt.
He said, “I never called Kashmiris corrupt. Rather, those people are defaming the Kashmiris who themselves are corrupt.”
“All Kashmiris are not corrupt. Some of them are very good human beings. There are two types, the poor and the rich. I want to end this disparity to make every resident of Kashmir happy and wealthy and it will be possible only after corruption is uprooted from this land,” he said.
Asked about Pakistan’s role in Kashmir situation, he said, “Pakistan is a frustrated country. They want to see J&K as a troubled state as well but they’ve failed till date in their mission. They made every possible attempt to make the people boycott the polls, but they failed.”
“The country’s (Pakistan’s) rulers think they’re running Kashmir from across the border but they are wrong.”
Asked about “the radicalisation” of Kashmiri youth, Governor Malik said, “We are making the youth realise that they will achieve nothing from militancy. As far as our attempts are concerned we’re trying to divert them from militancy towards dialogue.”
He said he has understood the situation in Kashmir the better after meeting people from a cross-section of society.
“And now, with all honesty, I will try my level best to solve all the issues,” he said.
Asked about attacks on police personnel by militants, the Governor said, “It is very unfortunate but our personnel are very brave to fight all designs of the militants.”
On whether killing of militants will end the militancy in Kashmir, he said, “I am of the opinion that it will not end the militancy. Until the militants do not stop targeting the security forces they too will be targeted. We will not give them flowers for their attacks and we will never bother about their killing.”
“But our motive is not to hunt down the militants. We want to end the militancy to give an impression to people of the Valley that we believe in peace. When militant organisations like LTTE could not survive, we believe they (militants in Kashmir) are no big deal for India,” the Governor said.
Asked about an inquiry into the alleged maltreatment meted out to the under-16 cricket players by the Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association, the Governor said he will look into the allegations of players.
To a question about poor voter turnout during civic polls in Kashmir, the Governor said the percentage “will increase during panchayat polls”.