Constitutional Rights Extended To People of J&K After Aug 2019: LG

Lucknow- Claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ushered a new era of development in Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Monday that all the constitutional rights have been extended to 1.25 crore people of the Union Territory in its “truest sense” with the abrogation of erstwhile state’s special status.

Addressing a commemoration event for the upcoming birth anniversary of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Ji here, the LG said that with decisions taken in the last two years under the guidance of the PM, top priority is being given to the equitable and holistic development of all sections, and the areas which were kept backward since independence have been included in the mainstream development.

“The policies that have been implemented on the ground after 2019 have brought social justice to all sections for the first time since independence,” Sinha said, as per an official spokesperson.

The LG, he said, spoke on the present situation and development scenario of Jammu and Kashmir, and observed that after August 2019, all the constitutional rights have been extended to 1.25 crore people of J&K in its truest sense.

He further said that a new era of development has been ushered in the UT by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“For decades the Valmiki community, Tribals, Gorkhas, Daughters of J&K, West Pakistani refugees and backward classes were treated as second-class citizens. Such rules were made that a sweeper's son and daughter can only become a sweeper. The talents of the poor were stifled with manufactured restrictions,” the LG said, as per official spokesperson.

Referring to various “discriminatory laws and provisions” being run in the erstwhile state, the LG, as per the official spokesperson said that now all those laws of discrimination have been abolished.

“Tribal population has been provided due rights under the Forest Rights Act; three-tier Panchayati Raj system has been implemented for the first time in J&K and elections were conducted in the most fair and transparent manner,” he said.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG underlined that everyone is being provided opportunities to lead a better life irrespective of religion, caste, class, and said that countless schemes have been started for the Youth in the economic, social, and educational fields, and a host of opportunities have been created for women to become independent and successful.

Sinha, he said, observed that mechanization and reforms done in J&K’s Agriculture and Horticulture sector in the last two years has resulted in substantial increase in the monthly income of the farmers, much higher than the national average.

He said the LG also observed that it is due to transparent, responsive, corruption-free, and accountable administration that the common man is feeling connected with the journey of development and prosperity in J&K.

“Now every penny that is spent for development is accounted for and the details of every project are kept in public domain,” the LG added.

As per the official spokesperson, the LG also elucidated great strides achieved by the UT administration in the past two years in the health, tourism, and industrial sectors.

“All the rights enshrined in the constitution are being extended to the citizens, and Jammu Kashmir is now moving towards becoming a strong pillar of AatmaNirbhar Bharat,” Sinha said.

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