Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh on Monday ruled out talks with separatists, saying that anti-national forces will never be allowed to succeed despite their attempts to vitiate atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We will not have any sort of compromise with secessionists. What to speak of having any compromise with secessionist forces, we will not even tolerate them….It is our pledge,’’ Singh said addressing the Independence Day parade after unfurling national tri-colour at Parade round here. Elsewhere in Jammu region also, Independence Day celebrations passed off peacefully with no untoward incident reported till evening.
The state has been witness to many challenges during the past 14 months, but the PDP-BJP coalition government has been able to meet all of them with the support of its people, security forces, para military forces and the police, he said. He appealed the people to unite against anti-national forces as these will never like the state proceed on path of development.
“All sorts of attempts are being made,’’ Deputy Chief Minister pointed out, adding that “it is time to unite as unity is strength ‘’. “If we unite, such forces whosoever strong they may be and whichever country including Pakistan may be supporting them, they cannot succeed,’’ he added.
Highlighting various development works initiated by BJP-PDP government despite state’s economic constraints, Singh said that “it has been governance alliance’’. The way people’s mandate came out after the 2014 assembly polls, “we accepted it promising to give them good governance,’’ he said, adding that “no one can level charges of corruption against any of our minister or legislator during our last 14 month in office’’.
In this context, he also had a dig at previous National Conference-Congress coalition government, saying “transfers had become an industry then’’. The Subordinate Services Recruitment Board (SSRB) was non-existent and the State Public Service Commission (PSC) defunct, he pointed out, adding that “today we have zero tolerance towards corruption. We not only reconstituted them, but also put recruitments on fast track’’.
Five new battalions of police are being raised and nearly 10,000 Special Police Officers (SPOs) engaged in the coming days, he said, adding that the government, apart from these, was planning to start skill development programme to enable less educated youth also have jobs. He further dwelt at various development programmes being initiated by government in the state.