J&K Was Deprived Of Progress, Prosperity For Decades: LG

‘It’s Not Just A Piece Of Land But Our Consciousness, Our Way Of Life’

Srinagar: Terming Jammu and Kashmir as a paradise on earth, the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday that the Union Territory is on a path of regaining its lost glory after being deprived of progress and prosperity for decades.

“J&K is indeed a paradise on earth, but it was deprived of progress & prosperity for decades. Now, we are on the path of regaining its lost glory. It is not just a piece of land but our consciousness, our way of life, and an integral part of our existence which still believes in universality of individual beings,” Sinha said.

He made these remarks during the release of eminent journalist Jawaharlal Kaul’s book titled “Jammu & Kashmir: The Wounded Paradise”, in New Delhi on Wednesday, an official spokesperson said.

Ram Bahadur Rai, President, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) Trust presided over the function.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG praised the author for his remarkable effort in presenting J&K in a never before narrative that offers a new perspective to the readers which the world needs to know.

“For the first time in the history of Jammu & Kashmir, people are benefitting from Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development agenda. With the same spirit, the government is working for the socio-economic growth of Union Territory,” the LG said.

“Sectors like Health infrastructure, Education, Industries, Food processing, Tourism, Power, Youth employment, development of water bodies, Science and Technology, Agriculture, horticulture are witnessing ground-breaking transformation. Progressive laws have been implemented for the growth of businesses and farmers,” he added.

Referring to the author’s reflection on the long industrial holiday in Jammu and Kashmir, the LG, as per official spokesperson said that the Industrial Holiday is over now and Jammu Kashmir is open for business.

“Under the guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble Home Minister, the new industrial development scheme is attracting huge investments in J&K and in the last two months, proposals for investment of Rs 25,000 crore have been received from well-known industries of the country,” Sinha said.

“And, we are hopeful that by March next year, the figure will reach Rs 50,000 crore, providing employment opportunities to at least 10 lakh youth. Apart from this, for the first time, private industrial estate has been started in Jammu and Kashmir with the approval of the government,” he added.

The LG, as per the official spokesperson said that his administration was also making resolute efforts to defeat the “nefarious conspiracy of the neighboring country by engaging our young population in constructive activities”.

“The Government has launched a slew of schemes for the sustainable livelihood of youth,” the LG said.

The author has talked about that hope in his book- “We shall retrace our steps from the brink and the birds will return home to roost”. I must say that “The Birds will certainly return home”, he added.

According to the official spokesperson, Sinha congratulated the author and termed the book as a must read for the scholars on Kashmir.

He said that the Chairman, IGNCA Trust shared personal anecdotes about the author while informing the audience about the story behind the book and his zeal to bring out this publication while battling Covid at a hospital.

The author, he said, described the book as his personal engagement with Kashmir, its unknown histories, issues and the optimism to rebuild the paradise.

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