Taking a swipe at the political leaders detained in the valley, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said that those who stay detained longest become tallest leaders.
The governor was addressing his first press conference after the centre brought in an amendment in article 370 revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating it into two union territories.
He said, “Don’t you want that people should become leaders. I have gone to jail 30 times. Those who will go to jail, will become leaders. Let them be there. The more they spend time in the jail, the more they will claim during elections, that I have spent six months behind bars.”
He was referring to Former Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone and few other mainstream leaders who have been in police custody for a month now.
The governor said that mobile phones and interned were abused as a weapon against the country.
Justifying the restrictions on these facilities, he said that these were mostly exploited by terrorists to mobilise the people.
“We know the people will have to face some problems due to this. We must know it is the most dangerous instrument. And all lies are being peddled through the internet,” he was quoted as saying.
The mobile services will be restored gradually but the internet services will be restored after a delay, he said.
However, the mobile phone lines were restored in five districts of Jammu over three weeks after severe restrictions were imposed in Jammu and Kashmir.
The services were restored in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch districts on Wednesday night.
The Governor also announced that 50,000 vacancies across various government departments will be filled on priority in the next three months.
He announced that the government will open 50 new colleges in the region to enhance educational facilities in the valley and said that schools and colleges in Jammu and Ladakh have been opened.
The Governor said that there will be Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) in every district of the state.