June 25, 2022 10:50 pm

Hosting G-20 Summit Privilege For Jammu & Kashmir: LG Sinha

Srinagar- Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday said it was a matter of privilege for the union territory to host the G-20 summit in 2023 and asserted that the administration would put in every effort to make it a grand event.

Jammu and Kashmir will be hosting the 2023 meetings of G-20, an influential grouping that brings together the world’s major economies, with the union territory administration on Thursday setting up a five-member high-level committee for overall coordination.

This will be the first major international summit to be held in J&K after its special status guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution was withdrawn and the erstwhile state was divided into two union territories in August 2019.

It is a very good beginning. It is a matter of privilege for us that we will get the opportunity to host the G-20 summit. We have framed a committee and we will put in all our efforts to make it grand, Sinha told reporters here.

Earlier in the day, the Lt Governor said the development in the UT can happen only in a peaceful environment.

If there is no peace, then rest assured no power on earth can bring in development to the place. There are some people who do not like this. They do not want peace here, they want violence. J-K’s welfare is in this, we can progress and come closer to or overcome other nations only when there is peace here,’ he said.

Sinha said if J&K returns to the phase of strikes and shutdowns and violence, then those days which were very painful, may have to be seen again.

I appeal to people to remain cautious of these elements. They are not your friends, they want to create hurdles in the way to peace on the directions from the outside. There is a very less number of such people and I want to tell you that our administration and security forces are committed to protect the common man. We will not touch the innocent, that is our policy, but it is our policy as well that the culprits will not be spared in any way, he said.

The LG appealed to people to stand with the government to take J&K on the path to peace and prosperity.

I assure you that we will not rest till we make J&K a progressive region, he added.

Meets Industry Leaders From J&K

Lieutenant Governor on Saturday met Industry Leaders and representatives of various Industries Associations from across Jammu & Kashmir.

The meeting deliberated on enhancing ease of doing business and support to local industries, an official spokesperson said.

The LG, he said, asserted that certain measures of business revival package-2020, yet to be saturated across industries will be implemented within a time-frame to cushion the shock of pandemic.

“It has been the constant endeavour of the UT Government to boost the investment climate, fulfill Prime Minister’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, and we have undertaken multiple key initiatives to establish a transparent system to attract capital and harnessing local entrepreneurial potential,” Sinha said.

“Development and blossoming of businesses is possible only in peace. Those trying to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere are the biggest enemies of industrial and socio-economic growth of J&K,” he added.

According to the spokesperson, the LG said that at the core of the government’s industrial policy is providing opportunities and assistance to local industries, economic growth and generating employment for the youth.

“The government is sensitive to the issues of the Industries and Business sector and committed to provide all assistance. A committee comprising of Industries & Commerce department and entrepreneurs is being constituted as an institutionalized mechanism to hold regular interactions with the Industry representatives, Chambers of both the divisions to resolve the issues and challenges confronting the businesses,” the LG said.

The spokesperson further said that the LG highlighted the technological interventions and online services introduced for extending completely transparent and hassle-free government services to the business and industry sector.

Sinha, he said, further informed that the administration is working out a policy for separate industrial estate for Startups.

The spokesperson said that a similar interaction will be held in Jammu with representatives of Chamber and Industries soon.

Pertinently, many representatives of Chamber and Industries Association from Jammu region were unable to attend today’s meeting due to closure of Jammu-Srinagar Highway.

During the interaction, the representatives of various associations including FCIK, KCCI, PHDCCI, KPO, TAHAFUZ, KCC, Confederation of Indian Industry, Hydel Power Association, Kathua Industrial Association, Industrial Estates etc projected their issues and concerns and sought Lt Governor’s intervention for their early redressal.

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