Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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Governor Speaks

B L Saraf

In a rather unusual vein , Governor Satya Pal Malik opened up his mind to the public through the medium of an interview telecast by a Delhi TV Channel . The interview is unique in some respects . It revealed things which may have far and wide resonance .

Governor raised serious questions on the working of PSC, saying a youth was selected even without appearing in the examination . Malik exposed ‘ scams ‘ committed during previous PDP/BJP Government. He referred to the employment in JK Bank and said complete selection list of 582 candidates was set aside to appoint political workers in their place . The public employees’ health insurance scheme was also referred to prove how deep the rot of corruption has gone in the state polity .

He admitted that some of his Advisers and bureaucrats misled him to sign the Government Employees Group Insurance Policy with Reliance General Insurance . He revealed that complaints reached him to suggest that whole thing was done in fishy manner and no tenders were invited or placed on the State governments web site . So, he scrapped the scheme .

Governor has not divulged the details of corruption or names of the persons involved , but gave enough indications to feel in which direction the needle of suspicion is pointing . It is no secret that levels of corruption in J &K are very high, reaching the top administrators and the politicians . While as these allegations of malfeasance , coming as they do from the constitutional head of the State , may be taken on face value but to nab the culprit we will have to wait the result of the probe ordered by the Governor . Knowing how these kind of probes get buried under the heavy weight of politics and the politicians , Governor Malik should make the probe time bound and supervise it personally . In the meantime the persons allegedly involved should be asked to sidestep till probe is complete .

Governor has castigated Hurriyat for advocating cause of Pakistan which, in his view , has disentitled them from being considered a ’ stake holder’ in the peace process . That Pakistan has a role in resolution of the problem -or creating it - is admitted by Malik himself . He told the interviewer that recent bout of violence is the creation of Pakistan , as that country felt peeved on the peaceful conduct of the ULB elections . If Governor believes it so , it becomes all the more necessary to bring Pakistan on the board . It doesn’t make any political sense to negate Hurriyat’s role just because they are asking for Pakistan’s presence on the talks table .

The PDP and NC derive strength from the people . These parties , therefore , have a duty to make life worth living for them . If Governor feels that Pakistan is a ‘ mischief monger ‘ in the state , it becomes a duty of the political parties in Kashmir to ensure , at least , the county’s mischief potential is neutralized .So one can’t find a fault with them in demanding Pakistan’s help to relieve Kashmiris of the distress . How can one, in a democratic set up , think of foreclosing a Political party’s right to raise issues that touch lives of thousands of people .

There is no wisdom in running down Hurriyat or the mainstream political parties . They may have lost the clout – a bit , but their love among sections of Kashmir society has not completely evaporated . People have still faith in them , to see semblance of peace returning to the tormented Valley . It will be a travesty if genuine politics and political parties are weakened and demoralized. Institutional integrity and good image must be ensured .

Governor Malik has blamed everybody except the successive governments in Delhi . One day a PM opens Sky to the people in the state to see their issues resolved , other day other PM brings in Insaniyat , Jamhooroyat and Kashmiriyat kaa dairah to resove the issue, within . However, the Sky for us continues to be dark and gloomy , as the dairah has gone Tang ( Circle squeezed ). Then we hear of macular policy . All comes to the naught . G OI will have to explain such prevarications and account for the flip flop policy adopted vis a vis J &K.

It is too simplistic to say that Kashmir is unemployment problem and that youth in Kashmir fight for jobs and games .They indeed have importance in the life of young and qualified . Only , if His Excellency cares to see the C V of those young men in the Valley who have lately joined the ranks of armed militancy a clear picture will be in front of him which may force him to take steps to solve the ‘ real ‘problem .

Governor Satya Pal Malik has spoken –probably too much . Now let his promised action do the talking .

(The author is a Former Principal District & Sessions Judge. Feedback- [email protected] )

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