NEW DELHI- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the previous year has been a year of a new development journey for Jammu and Kashmir adding elections will be held there once the delimitation exercise is over.
‘Vikas’ (development) has reached every village in Jammu and Kashmir in the past one year, Modi said while delivering his seventh consecutive Independence Day speech from the iconic Red Fort.
“This one year is a year of the new journey of development for Jammu and Kashmir. This one year is the year of the rights received by the women and the Dalits in Jammu and Kashmir. This one year is also the year of a life of dignity for the refugees in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
The Modi government had on August 5 last year scrapped the semi autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir division (with Legislative Assembly); and Ladakh division. However, elections in Jammu and Kashmir are yet to take place.
“Delimitation exercise is being carried out in Jammu and Kashmir, the country is committed for completion of this work so that elections are held and people’s representatives are elected there,” Modi added.
Without naming Pakistan and China, the Prime Minister said that Indian forces are giving fitting replies to misadventures at the LoC and the LAC.
“From LoC to LAC, whoever has tried to raise their eyes towards the sovereignty of our country, our soldiers have responded to it in the same language,” he said.
The reorganization of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories has given the Centre direct control over Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Prime Minister Modi also spoke about his vision for Ladakh.
By making Ladakh a union territory last year, PM Modi said the age old demand of people from the region has been fulfilled.
Modi said work is going on at a fast pace for Ladakh to create its identity as a carbon neutral region. He was referring to the solar power projects being developed in the region.
India is strategically trying to develop the Union territory of Ladakh and resolve grid connectivity problems in the region.
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