Jammu: Observing that the Jammu and Kashmir
Government was following a policy of zero tolerance towards
terrorism and human rights violations, Governor NN Vohra
on Thursday said it will continue to maintain utmost vigil in the
area of internal security.
"Following a policy of zero tolerance towards both
terrorism and human rights violations, my government will
continue to maintain utmost vigil in the area of internal
security", Vohra said in his address to a joint session of the
state Legislature here on commencement of budget session
"It is a matter for considerable satisfaction that, with
the maintenance of peace and calm during summer 2011 a record
number of tourists visited the valley", he said.
The number of pilgrims to the cave shrines of Amarnath
and Mata Vaishnodevi also recorded all-time high figures,
being over 6.3 lakhs and 100 lakhs respectively.
Last year, the educational institutions across the Valley
functioned normally and a number of youth exchange programmes
and sports activities were also conducted, he said.
Trade and business, which had suffered severe losses on
account of disturbances in the past years also showed signs of
recovery, said Vohra, who faced protests from the BJP
legislators, wearing black gowns, during his address.
As the security situation stabilised, the government took
steps to reduce the visible presence of the security forces,
particularly in urban areas, Vohra said.