The growth of Jammu and Kashmir was severely disrupted by floods of 2014 and the government faces a formidable challenge of creating an investment environment in the state, Governor NN Vohra said Friday.
The Government, he said, also faces the challenge of providing good governance which would bring about visible improvement in the lives of the common people. "For such vital objectives to be achieved, the entire administrative machinery shall need to function with speed, efficiency and total accountability, altogether free from corruption or any kind of interference," he said in his I-day message.
He also appealed to all segments of society and leaders of all political, social and religious organizations to work together for the betterment of the state.
Vohra said that there is a need to "to shed all doubts and differences and work closely together for the advancement of Jammu and Kashmir and its people, settling all outstanding issues through dialogue and discussion."
For securing an environment of peace and normalcy, which is imperative for speedy socio-economic development, the Governor stressed that the State Government would need to deal effectively with all factors and forces which encourage confrontation, regionalism, communalism and any kind of divisiveness, an official spokesman said.
The Governor said that Pakistan has still to respond to India's repeated initiatives to engender an environment in which the two countries can enjoy friendly, peaceful and prosperous relations.
"It is unfortunate that continuing support to subversive activities from across the border has, over the years, resulted in thousands of innocent lives being lost," he said.
He said: "On this auspicious day, when India gained Independence, I greet people of Jammu and Kashmir and wish them a peaceful, happy and prosperous future."
The Governor observed that in the past nearly seven decades, the country has achieved notable all round development. "We can be rightly proud of the commendable progress gained in various spheres, which has enabled India to emerge as the fastest growing economy in the world", he said.
Referring to the people who are still denied the fruits of progress, he said it is unfortunate that a significant percentage of our population still continues to subsist below the poverty line. "To ensure that all our people are enabled to lead satisfied and productive lives, free of worry and neglect, it is necessary to ensure that future growth and development is effectively inclusive and particularly encompasses those segments of our population which have continued to remain socially and economically neglected," he said.
Referring to 2014 floods, the Governor said that the growth trajectory of Jammu and Kashmir was most severely disrupted by the devastating deluge which caused untold damage in the State. "Efforts are still under way to repair and reconstruct the enormous destruction caused by these floods to public infrastructure and private properties," he said.