Govt’s Priorities To Rectify ‘Past Injustices’ in J&K: LG

Says J&K Is An Example Of Immortal Organic Composite Indian Culture; Development Has Replaced “Terror”

New Delhi: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Tuesday that in his overarching policies for new Jammu Kashmir, priorities are to rectify past injustices and transform the Union Territory as a powerhouse of education & science.

The LG made these remarks while addressing the valedictory session of two-day International Symposium on “Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh: Development Dynamics and Future Trajectories” organized by Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Embassy of India, Seoul, Republic of Korea in collaboration with Indian Council of Cultural Relations; Institute of East and West Studies, Yonsei University; India Foundation, and Jammu - Kashmir Study Centre, an official spokesperson said.

Sharing Jammu and Kashmir’s journey towards development and prosperity, the LG, he said, observed that J&K’s development and growth model revolves around 4 P's - Peace, Progress, Prosperity, and People-First.

“J&K is an example of immortal organic composite Indian culture. The sense of cohesion that we see today is significantly contributing to equitable opportunity and strengthening integrated, accountable, and transparent governance,” Sinha said, as per official spokesperson.

“Despite the country emerging as the fastest growing economy, developmental speed and spread in J&K were hindered through artificial barriers. The three dimensions of sustainable development - economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion- were completely missing. Regional aspirations were neglected and accumulation of growth happened at the hands of a few,” he added.

Speaking on the transformation taking place in J&K, the official spokesperson said that the LG observed that the implementation framework based on SEED-- Speed, Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Delivery has helped in creating a roadmap to achieve sustainable growth.

“In my overarching policies for new Jammu Kashmir, priorities are clear - distributed growth model, better health facilities, skilled youth population, empowered women, prosperous farmers, rectifying past injustices and transforming this soil as a powerhouse of education and science, and turning the dream of socio-economic progress of all individuals into a reality,” the LG said.

Hailing PM Modi’s visionary leadership, the LG said that he did not hesitate for out of box solutions for the larger welfare of the people.

“In the last two years, we have rebooted the system and removed the fences that had deprived people of their rights and growth,” Sinha said, as per official spokesperson.

“The society of Jammu Kashmir is ageless and visible in the layers of history which has been a witness to co-existence of almost all major religions known to humankind. It is my topmost priority to ensure development opportunities for all citizens of the UT,” he added.

Taking a dig at Pakistan, the LG said that development has replaced “terror” in Jammu Kashmir that our neighbor “relentlessly exports”.

“Large turnout during last year's District Development Council polls demonstrated people's belief in grass-root democracy and their urge to reap benefits of development that would come along with it,” the LG said.

Throwing light on Governance & Administrative Reforms: The Way Forward to J&K’s Economic Growth, the LG, as per the official spokesperson, observed that the UT is witnessing new dawn of growth in different sectors because of the reforms introduced to replace outdated, crumbling, and regressive systems.

“For the first time there is unprecedented accountability and transparency in the system,” the LG said.

“The central laws for the first time in the history of Jammu & Kashmir are providing forest rights to tribals, rights of children to free and compulsory education, prevention of atrocities against weaker sections, protection to farmers to create new orchards, rights to displaced persons from Pakistan occupied Jammu Kashmir, West Pakistani refugees and Kashmiri migrants,” he added.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG highlighted some of the major initiatives taken by the government for the socio-economic growth of J&K and said that the government has adopted a targeted approach for the issues like poverty, nutrition, gender equality, quality education, skill development of youth and have ensured that benefits of schemes reach to the last mile for new distributed growth that is not limited to a select few.

“During the past one year, we have created an inclusive policy ecosystem for transforming Jammu Kashmir’s major sectors including Industrial, power, agriculture and allied sectors which speaks volumes of structural changes that took place within UT in a very short span of time,” Sinha said.

“The UT Government has adopted a people-centric policy and multi-pronged strategy involving all necessary systemic interventions to create at least a million employment opportunities and support them through an enabling ecosystem,” he added.

The LG, as per the official spokesperson also said that the new Industrial Development Scheme offering Rs 28,400 Crores subsidy is attracting industrial investment.

“We have received a proposal of Rs 23,500 Crore private investment and by March next year, the number could go up to Rs.50,000 Crores,” he said.

The LG further said that the policy initiatives include high-density apple plantation, new clusters of cold storage, setting up of farmer-producer organizations in every district, promotion of intercropping, setting up of food processing units, GI tagging for Saffron of Kashmir, organic certification of Basmati rice of Jammu, integrated dairy development scheme have been taken to increase the income of our famers, create jobs, ensure food security and getting people to move back to agriculture.

“Since the need of the hour is a massive upliftment of every potent sector and employment, the government’s focus is on IPS- Identity, Productivity & Security,” Sinha said, as per the official spokesperson.

“We are also in the process of strengthening the existing system and projects are being completed at a faster pace. This new developmental model of 'Implementation first, announcement later' is aimed at making Jammu Kashmir self-reliant in the energy sector by 2025,” he added.

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