Malik Yaqoob is a veteran politician of Jammu and Kashmir, senior leader of Bhartiya Janta Party BJP in Kashmir. He is among the first to be Mayor of BJP in a Municipal Committee of Kashmir valley .He recently won on row third election as Mayor/ President Municipal Committee Pampore.
In an exclusive interview with Heaven Mail News Bureau he talks on diverse issues .
How do you view the recent victory of yours as Municipal Committee Mayor/ Chairman Municipal Committee Pampore?
I was elected recently for third time as Mayor/ Chairman Municipal Committee Pampore. The Pampore town was neglected for the past 7 decades ,and was without any basic facilties. We have changed all these realities towards betterment. Pampore roads are macdamized to large extent, we have installed electric poles. The work on mega and ambitious projects like Clock Tower, Slaughter House are going on and soon to be accomplished. A marriage hall worth rs 4 .5 crore is going to give great boost to Pampore. My priority is to make Pampore world class Town.
What would be your priorities ?
My priorities would be to ensure all round development of Pampore town. We have in past few years spend crores of rupees on development of Pampore town.My aim is to make Pampore town the cleanest in Jammu and Kashmir, we have in recent years distributed thousands of Dustbins among residents of Pampore. I urge people of Pampore to contact me and narrate their difficulties. From maintaining a street to electric pole or any issue related to PHE or sanitation I am urging people to visit our office, we are here to listen and address their issues.
What about revival of Saffron since Pampore is hub of it ?
Pampore is known allover world for producing best quality of saffron spice . No doubt over the years it’s production has declined but I am giving all efforts to make it sure that issues faced by Saffron farmers and traders reach the highest levels of Union Government and they get addressed.
What about your ambitions of getting Pampore people due out of its power resources?
The land of Pampore hosts four major Grid Stations and also the leading Gas turbine of Kashmir. Despite all these facts and Figures the power scenario in Pampore is overall dismal as we witness long hours of power cuts. Besides people of Pampore have got no employment in these power infrastructure hosted on their land . If Power Department does not listen to genuine demands of the people of Pampore we will be forced to protest .
A bit about recent developmental visits ?
During the recent important visit to different areas of Pampore I inaugurated Open air Gym at Lal Trag Pampore, listened the grievances at Shiekh ul Alam Colony Pampore and assured them the genuine problems will be resolved soon.
I would also Iike to share via your esteemed media that dumping site issue facing Pampore would be resolved soon and whosoever hinders the work on it will be dealt sternly.
How do you feel as leader of BJP in Kashmir?
Kashmir can only progress when we imbibe the vision of honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji focusing on development for all. Sab Ka Saath, Sab ka Vikas and Sab Ka Vishwas the mantra given by PM Modi, as it alone can take entire country to progress.
The time is right to give Kashmir a direction of progress and leadership of PM Modi can only guarantee that.
To continue dynasty influenced politics would be futile. We all know the politics of hypocrisy exhibited by PDP, Congress and NC they have destroyed Jammu Kashmir . ONLY BJP offers peace and prosperity to Kashmir valley.
How will you take all along in your journey especially Municipal Counsellors from different parties ?
It is a good question. Basically, the election I won last time I bagged 8 votes while as my opposing candidate won 4 votes. I first hugged those who had not voted for me . I have a long experience of politics since decades and believe that one has to be large hearted and be magnamous in nature. I believe in taking all along for the common goal of development.
Your appeal to people ?
I appeal to all people of Kashmir to take care of environment and do everything possible to keep our nature and surroundings neat and Clean.