Lack of recreational avenues affecting Kashmiri children: Malik

LAUDS SACRIFICES, ROLE OF JKP; ASKS AUTHORITIES TO BUILD PLAYGROUND IN EVERY VILLAGE

12/01/2019



JAMMU, Jan 11: Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Friday that the lack of recreational avenues for Kashmiri youth was pushing them to the wall.
Speaking to the media after laying the foundation stone of a cinema hall in Jammu, Malik said: “I have just laid the foundation stone of a cinema hall here.
“Kashmir is an issue for people aged between 13 and 23 years. Children in Srinagar have nothing to do after 6 p.m. There are no cinema halls, no cafes, no place to go out,” he said.
All cinema halls were shut in the Kashmir Valley with the outbreak of the ongoing militancy in 1989.
Efforts to restart cinema halls were met with tough resistance by the militants.
An old cinema building in Srinagar has been converted into a charitable hospital while others are lying in disuse.
Malik also lauded the sacrifices made by martyrs for upholding the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.
Referring to measures taken by the governor administration, he said welfare of the next of kins of the martyrs will always be their priority.
He complimented police for peaceful conduct of the panchayat and urban local body elections.
Director General of Police Dilbag Singh, who was guest of honour at the function, said the J&K Police has been fighting terrorism and during this fight more than 1,600 police personnel of the force have attained martyrdom for the security and sovereignty of the nation.
Malik also said that the administration is ready for assembly elections in the state and a call in this direction should be taken by the Election Commission and New Delhi.
"Whenever, they (EC) tell us, we are ready for the polls (to assembly)," he told reporters here after the oath-taking ceremony of sarpanch of Jammu region.
On IAS officer Shah Faesal's resignation, Malik said he himself was a government employee and did not wish to comment on the matter.
The Election Commission (EC) had in November last said fresh elections in Jammu and Kashmir would be held within the next six months, even as the body did not rule out the possibility of holding the state polls before the Lok Sabha polls due this year.
"The Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls must be held on the first occasion before May. It could be held before the parliamentary elections also," Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat had said.
He said as per the Supreme Court, the outer limit for holding fresh polls after the dissolution of the House was six months, that is May, 2019.
It may be recalled that the central government on December 28 told the Lok Sabha that Jammu and Kashmir Governor had no option but to recommend President's Rule in the state as no party or alliance staked claim to form the government.
On Tuesday, former chief minister Omar Abdullah said the assembly polls should be held "as soon as possible".
The National Conference (NC) vice president also took a dig at some politicians and bureaucrats for "creating hurdles" in holding of assembly elections along with the Lok Sabha polls in the state.
Malik also said that the administration is ready for assembly elections in the state and a call in this direction should be taken by the Election Commission and New Delhi.
"Whenever, they (EC) tell us, we are ready for the polls (to assembly)," he told reporters here after the oath-taking ceremony of sarpanch of Jammu region.
On IAS officer Shah Faesal's resignation, Malik said he himself was a government employee and did not wish to comment on the matter.
The Election Commission (EC) had in November last said fresh elections in Jammu and Kashmir would be held within the next six months, even as the body did not rule out the possibility of holding the state polls before the Lok Sabha polls due this year.
"The Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls must be held on the first occasion before May. It could be held before the parliamentary elections also," Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat had said.
He said as per the Supreme Court, the outer limit for holding fresh polls after the dissolution of the House was six months, that is May, 2019.
It may be recalled that the central government on December 28 told the Lok Sabha that Jammu and Kashmir Governor had no option but to recommend President's Rule in the state as no party or alliance staked claim to form the government.
On Tuesday, former chief minister Omar Abdullah said the assembly polls should be held "as soon as possible".
The National Conference (NC) vice president also took a dig at some politicians and bureaucrats for "creating hurdles" in holding of assembly elections along with the Lok Sabha polls in the state.
He also said that the Kashmiri youth has not much to do in the evening as he asked authorities to build a playground in every village of the state.
He said sports helps in overall development.
"The youth has nothing to do after 6 pm even in Srinagar city. They do not have a cinema hall, cafes or a place to go out for entertainment," Malilk said while addressing sarpanches here.
The Governor said that he has instructed its deputy commissioners to ensure carving out of playgrounds in every village. He also announced to set up two international stadiums in Jammu and Srinagar.
Talking about the active participation of the youth of the state in sports, he said Real Kashmir, a football team of Kashmir, recently defeated Mohun Bagan football club and the match was watched by 27,000 people.
On the recently held local bodies elections, he said despite receiving threat calls, the state managed to conduct peaceful polls.

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