Srinagar, Jul 8: Jammu and Kashmir Governor S P Malik Monday said that those in charge of the state”s forests “have made millions” through dubious means and asserted that his administration will not spare anyone who indulged in corrupt practices.
“There is no vendetta (against anyone). In its natural course, the way Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is working now, we won”t let go big fishes. No one will be spared – whether he belongs to any party or however big he is. No one is big before the law. I am here. I am not going anywhere,” Malik told reporters after starting a plantation drive at Zabarwan hills here.
The governor said several people, who worked in the Forest Department in the state, had accumulated millions of rupees by destroying forests.
“See the bungalows in Vasant Vihar or Maharani Bagh in Delhi of those who worked in the Forest Department. I know several families who have made millions as they had the charge of Forests. The forests of Jammu and Kashmir have been destroyed painfully. They are our lungs and we are alive because of them,” he said.
He said there were places in Kashmir which had zero level of pollution only because of the plantation.
“We have to increase that and achieve the target of 50 lakh plants. And not just plant them, but we will guard them round the year. I will myself see if the one I planted is growing well. We will take measures for their protection,” he said.
Malik said the people of Kashmir were by and large very good, but there had been a betrayal with them.
“There has been a betrayal with them. They were not shown the right path and were not told the reality. If we all together take it towards the right path, then Kashmir will become the best state of the country,” he said.
Will take 2-3 days for scheduling flights over Pak air space: AI official
Air India on Tuesday indicated that it will take two to three days for scheduling flights over Pakistan which has lifted all curbs on flying over its air space. “We are looking into the matter. It will take two to three days for scheduling to use Pakistani airspace,” an Air India official said.
For the first time since February’s Balakot strike, Pakistan fully operationalised its airspace for civilian traffic, bringing a huge relief for the airlines which had to take long and costly detours to avoid the Pakisrtani air space. “With immediate effect, Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civilian traffic on published ATS routes,” read a notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority.
In a tweet, the Ministry of Civil Aviation in New Delhi termed the move a “great news” and a “big relief to air passengers”. Pakistan had earlier claimed that it would not open its airspace for commercial flights until India removed its fighter jets from forwarding Indian airbases.
Pakistan had fully shut its airspace on the eastern border with India after the Indian Air Force had carried out airstrikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)camp in Balakot on February 26.
In mid-April, Pakistan opened one of its 11 air routes for west-bound flights from India — airlines like Air India and Turkish Airlines have started using it. In March, the neighbouring country partially opened its airspace but did not allow Indian flights to fly over its airspace.
Unidentified male body retrieved in Jehlum
Srinagar, July 16: Police on Tuesday recovered an identified male body on river Jehlum near Shadipora area of Sumbal in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Reports reaching said that some locals spotted the body floating near Shadipora and informed the concerned police station immediately.
A police team reached the spot and retrieved the body. Confirming it a police officer said that the body has been taken to a nearby hospital for medico-legal formalities.
The officer said that the identity of the deceased is being ascertained.
963 militants,413 soldiers killed in J&K since 2014: Home Ministry
A total of 963 militants have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir by security forces since 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was first voted to power.
During the various encounters and anti-combing operations in the state during the period, a total of 413 security personnel were also killed.
The data was furnished by the Ministry of Home Affairs in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. The Home Ministry also said that pursuant to Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s zero-tolerance policy against militancy, the forces were taking proactive measures to neutralize militants.
According to the Home Ministry, each of the Central Armed Police Forces has a designated welfare officer at each headquarter. Apart from it, there are welfare officers at the unit level to facilitate the families of security personnel, who were killed in the line of duty.
On Monday, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik had informed the Rajya Sabha that Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a total of 318 militants attacks in 2018, which is 187 more than the number of attacks in 2017.
In a written reply to Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel, the government had further said that as many as 265 militants were killed in various counter-militants, counter infiltration and militant Initiated Incidents operations undertaken by the defence and security personnel. In the same year, a total of 43 Army men were killed during anti-militant operations.