JK Saved India By Fighting Militancy: Omar

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JAMMU – In a direct message to New Delhi, the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Tuesday said that the Himalayan state has suffered massively while fighting militancy to safeguard the Indian nation. 

“The waging of militancy was against entire Nation and Jammu and Kashmir was a theatre for enemies to operationalize its designs. We have scarified life and property, thousands of women were widowed and children orphaned. We have undergone tremendous downward dip in economy, the progress of the State remained stand still, thousands of youth were rendered jobless and trade and industries received series jolt,” he said, adding that Jammu and Kashmir was suffered to protect the country. 

“Do not take us at par with other states of India. We have been on forefront to safeguard the country. We have sacrificed for the nation. Do not place us in the category of hilly States when the question of extending help to Jammu and Kashmir arises,” he emphasized.   

Addressing SMEs seminar on ‘Building Capacities for Sustainable Growth’ in Jammu and Kashmir organized by ASSOCHAM India here, Omar said that Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector has been engine of growth in any economy and contributes lion’s share in investment, employment, production and productivity. However, he said the large industries remain in focus of attention. 

Omar said that MSME sector in the State has bravely withstood the turbulence, security issues, financial problems and many more difficulties associated with militancy and continued to contribute in the upliftment of State’s economy. 

“Many units sunk while many swam through tumult waters and sustained the unfavourable environment. This denotes the enthusiasm and capacity of local entrepreneurs to face challenges,” he said. 

“The State has witnessed outside business houses coming with the announcement of industrial package by the Centre and State governments and disappearing with the disappearance of the concessions,” He said, adding  “Bari-Brahmana Industrial Estate still possess ruins of outside big industrial houses units which came here to take advantage of concessions and left lock, stock and barrel when package ended.”

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