Jammu and Kashmir has made headlines in recent days on a range of issues: the Prime Minister meeting the local leaders, the delimitation exercise, the drone attack on Jammu airport, the sacking of some government workers with alleged terror links, cases of forced conversion, a cloudburst and flash floods, and the various development initiatives in progress. Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha who shed light on the churn happening in the Union Territory, the road towards regaining statehood, the various actions taken by the government, and the challenges ahead.
I think the provision earlier too was Article 126 from the Jammu and Kashmir constitution. Under the Article, action was being taken against such employees who were in any way involved in secessionism, and/or aiding terrorism, and working as an insider threat to the state. Back in 2016, action was taken against such employees according to the J&K constitution. We were getting constant information on this. Hence, by invoking the provision of Article 3112(c) of the Constitution of India, it was found that all these officers have displayed conduct, character and intent amounting to being an insider threat to the state. It was a serious threat. These people were promoting secessionism and terrorism. Action has been taken against them according to the Constitution and on proper information, and the action is not based on any prejudice.
I don’t care about who is whose son. What matters to me is who is doing what and how is their behaviour. Taking action according to the Constitution is my duty. This also gives confidence to other employees that working does have some rewards, and there is also penalty for doing wrong. Action has not been taken based on who is whose son. If action is not taken, it will have a negative impact on other employees. This would also prompt youngsters to think that priority was being given to these kinds of people and that would raise questions
Don’t connect this with raids. I want to assure the people of Jammu and Kashmir as well as the people of the country that no action will be taken against innocents. No action is based on prejudice. But if the state faces any threat from a person and has proper information to back that up, then action according to the Constitution will be taken against those people who are involved in terror funding, secessionism and terrorism.
I don’t think these are matters to be discussed on national television. But I want to tell you that as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, it is my duty to rightfully exercise the powers given to me by the Constitution, and I will definitely do that.