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Politician, poet, author Satya Pal Malik sworn in as 13th Governor of Jammu & Kashmir
Asks officers to ensure better, effective deliverance of justice
8/23/2018 11:08:18 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
srinagar, Aug 23: Seventy two (72) years old Satya Pal Malik was today sworn-in as the 13th Governor of Jammu and Kashmir today. He replaced Narendra Nath Vohra who remained Governor of the state for more than 10 years.
Vohra had assumed the office of Governor of Jammu & Kashmir on June 25, 2008 and he was removed on August 21, 2018. Vohra was considered to be a peoples' governor who always evinced keen interest in solving the problems of the common masses.
Chief Justice, Jammu & Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal administered the oath of office to Malik at an impressive function at Raj Bhavan here. The warrant of appointment of Malik was read out by the Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam.
Former Chief Ministers, Dr Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti; Union Minister of State in PMO, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Speaker Legislative Assembly, Dr. Nirmal Singh; MPs; Legislators; Heads of Constitutional Bodies; Governor's Advisors, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai; serving and former Judges of High Court; Director General of Police, Dr S P Vaid; Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir & Jammu; senior civil, police CRPF, BSF and Army officers, political and civil society representatives were 400 dignitaries who attended the oath ceremony.
A poet and author, Malik was previously the Governor of Bihar and Odisha and was appointed Governor of the state by the President of India on August 21, 2018. He is considered to be a veteran in the field of politics and is very closely associated with the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).
Born on July 24, 1946 to a family of agriculturists at Hisawada, Baghpat (district Meerut) in Uttar Pradesh, Malik after graduating in science, pursued law degree at Meerut University before joining politics. He also holds a diploma in Parliamentary Affairs from the Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies run by Parliament of India.
He was a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly during 1974-77. He was also the member of the 9th Lok Sabha and represented Aligarh Constituency from 1989 to 1991. He was member of Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh for two terms of 1980-86 and 1986-1992.
Malik served as Union Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism from 21 April 1990 to 10 November 1990. Malik has been a member of several parliamentary committees including Panel of Chairman, General Purposes Committee, Business Advisory Committee, Chairman, Joint Sub Committee on Telecasting of Proceedings of both Houses of Parliament, Chairman, Committee on Papers Laid on the Table and Parliamentary Consultative Committee.
Having special interest in history and archaeology, Malik is also known for his social activities including establishing day-care centres for the children of poor labourers. He has also organized several farmers' and youth movements during his more than six decades long political career.
Immediately after assuming office, Governor convened the first official meeting with his advisors and Chief Secretary here this afternoon and took first-hand appraisal of the functioning of Governor's Administration. He made it clear that reinforcing good governance and delivering results urgently on the developmental front must be the topmost priority of state administration at all levels to bring J&K back on course.
The Governor said the state administration shall have to function with efficiency, speed and accountability and deliver quick results on the ground on developmental and governance fronts. Malik said the grievance redressal mechanism shall have to be further strengthened and expanded to ensure that people see the desired results on the ground within the shortest possible time.
"Focus has to be on working through transparency and consultation to promote a culture of excellence in governance characterized by integrity and highest standards of deliverance," he said and added that judicious and productive use of resources has to be ensured so that the funds are utilized according to priorities keeping in mind the larger public good and requirement of basic amenities.
The Governor said a clear message shall have to go down the line that the focus should be on development on all fronts and reaching out to the people to meet their basic needs. He prioritized the health, education, rural development and social welfare sectors for focused attention.
Malik also called for ensuring that major development programs and projects and flagship schemes are given a renewed push and completed on time. PMDP projects must be given priority so that projects such as AIIMSs, IIT, IIM, Ring Roads and others are completed on time.
The Governor said that cleaning up the iconic Dal Lake must also be given topmost priority and the lake should be restored to its pristine glory. He said completing all such projects which are hanging fire for quite some time due to varied reasons should be the priority and these projects must be completed within a set timeframe.
Governor directed that District Grievance Cells should be urgently opened in all districts under the supervision of Deputy Commissioners. "The concerned Deputy Commissioners will personally hear grievances at least once a week," he ordered.
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