Manoj Sinha, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, announced on Tuesday in Ganderbal district that a significant recruitment initiative will take place over the next six months to fill all vacant positions across various government departments.
Speaking at an event where he inaugurated and initiated the construction of several developmental projects, Sinha highlighted the previous year’s recruitment drive initiated by the Union Territory (UT) administration, which successfully employed hundreds of young individuals through a transparent selection process.
He proclaimed, “I am pleased to announce here that all existing vacancies in various government departments will be filled within the next six months through a well-organized recruitment campaign.” He emphasized that every child, regardless of their economic background, has the right to aspire to become a government officer.
Sinha shared a heartening story about a vegetable seller’s daughter who recently achieved the position of a KAS officer and stressed that children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds also have the same opportunities as their wealthier counterparts.
The LG criticized regional political parties, accusing them of embezzling state funds, constructing lavish villas abroad, and leaving the common people of Jammu and Kashmir to suffer. He asserted that these parties were instigating unrest and conspiring to mislead the populace for their own gains.
Regarding the distribution of 2800 housing units under the Prime Minister Awas Yojna Scheme in Ganderbal district, Sinha clarified that only residents of Jammu and Kashmir received these homes, refuting claims to the contrary. He criticized those who opposed this initiative, suggesting that they were unable to accept impoverished individuals constructing their own homes.
Sinha highlighted the transformation in Jammu and Kashmir’s security situation, noting that schools and colleges no longer closed in response to Pakistan’s or local separatists’ calls. He affirmed that the region was progressing towards peace and prosperity, with people enjoying a peaceful and vibrant nightlife.
The LG also mentioned the significant boost in tourism, with 1.88 crore tourists visiting Jammu and Kashmir in the previous year, benefiting local businesses such as taxi drivers, hoteliers, rickshaw operators, shikara owners, and street vendors. He anticipated an even higher number of tourists this year, crossing 2.25 crore visitors, despite attempts by some to discredit the region’s growing popularity among tourists.
Sinha expressed his delight at the development taking place in Ganderbal, particularly in making it a prominent destination on the global tourist map. He mentioned Sonmarg witnessing an impressive 3.5 lakh tourist arrivals, signifying substantial progress in the region.
While inaugurating various projects in the district, the LG acknowledged the unfortunate trend of laying foundation stones for projects without completing them, as exemplified by projects initiated in 2011 that were being inaugurated after a 12-year delay. He praised the present administration for addressing this issue and committed to completing the remaining 45 of the 75 languishing projects in Ganderbal shortly.