Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday warned that the ruling elite involved in corruption in Jammu and Kashmir would face action soon and said that the talk about the delimitation of assembly constituencies in the state was a rumour.

Malik, who was talking to media persons in Srinagar, urged the Kashmiri youth to give up militancy as neither “azaadi” nor autonomy was possible.

He said that the political parties in the state have exploited the people and never told the truth to them. Neither autonomy nor azaadi is possible. The youth are being exploited in the name of religion. The Islamic State ideology has been defeated even where it started, said Malik.

He asked the youth to lay down their arms and “join me for dinner” at my residence. “I will hold a dialogue with them on how this violence will not achieve them anything. I want to make it clear that no violence can make India bend. It’s just dialogue that can win hearts. We are open for a dialogue. J&K already enjoys a separate flag. Any solution will be only within the Constitution,” said Malik.

He asked the people to nurture Kashmir that is known as the heaven on the earth.

The Governor asked the mainstream political parties not to speak the language of separatists who were misleading the people. Malik said that the government was making efforts to remove corruption from J&K where the menace was more prevalent than any part of the country.

The ruling elite in Jammu and Kashmir was part of the corruption. “They will be acted against soon. If this message goes that no aspirant of a bureaucrat or powerful person will be given preference in recruitment, half of terrorism will end here,” he said.

Six fact-finding committees in different areas, such as sports, technical education, sports council, dredging and J&K Projects Construction Corporation have been set up to act against the corrupt elements through the amended powers granted to the Anti-Corruption Board (ACB).

Malik blamed the media outside the state for demonizing the situation in Kashmir and scaring away tourists which was causing a lot of hardships to the local people. Steps are being taken to make the upcoming Amarnath pilgrimage trouble free.

On issues related to J&K Bank, Chief Secretary BVR Subramanyam said the action was taken after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) expressed concern over the governance of the bank.

These issues were pending despite the RBI warnings and we were forced to remove the chairman cum MD of the bank. We are setting up the best search committee to suggest efficient people as the CMD of the bank.

He said the bank paid Rs.50 crore out of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to a golf course in Srinagar.