Patna: Former Bihar Governor now serving as the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Satya Pal Malik, while delivering his keynote speech on 'New Initiatives in Jammu & Kashmir' at the Wheeler Senate Hall of Patna University on Thursday, blamed years of corruption and lack of development in the valley for the rise of extremism in the region.

"In the lack of any development coupled with institutionalized corruption in the government, the youths of J&K have become disillusioned and belligerent leading to rise in extremism that has led to stagnation and turmoil in the state.

Praising the spirit of the young men and women of J&K in spite of grim condition in the state, Governor Malik said that there was no dearth of talent in the state and peace would return in the valley only when the youths were given an opportunity to engage in constructive works instead of being misled by extremists and terrorists sitting in Pakistan.

"Until we give them a ball to play, they will be using stones to pelt," he said.

PU staff listening to former Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday.

The Governor then laid out his plan to bring change in the valley saying he has taken steps to invest Rs. 80,000 crore in a host of developmental projects including opening of 40 new colleges and construction of sporting complexes and stadiums for the benefit of young boys and girls of the state.

Patna University Vice Chancellor Rash Bihari Prasad Singh, Pro Vice Chancellor Dolly Sinha and Patna Science College Geology Head of the Department Atul Aditya Pandey were among others who also spoke on the occasion.

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