New Delhi- Claiming that the efforts of the Prime Minister have nurtured and fulfilled people’s aspirations, the Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Saturday that abrogation of Article 370 marked the beginning of a new era of peace & progress in Jammu and Kashmir and removed social disparities.
“J&K is on the move and full of self-confidence it is marching forward on the path to progress,” Sinha said.
He made these remarks while delivering the keynote address at The Chanakya Dialogues organized by Chanakya Forum here on Saturday, an official spokesperson said.
The LG, he said, maintained that the progress of Jammu Kashmir has been the top priority and commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Temporary Provision of Articles 370 & 35A restricted the growth. For a very long time, discrimination was normalized. Separatism, Terrorism, Corruption and Dynastic politics had disempowered the common citizen,” the LG said.
“A sea of change can be witnessed after August 2019. Abrogation of Article 370 marked the beginning of a new era of peace & progress in J&K and removed social disparities. The efforts of Prime Minister have nurtured and fulfilled people’s aspirations,” he added.
Terming equal rights and social justice as the bedrock of any civilised society in democracy, the LG said that equitable progress of all sections of society was an exception before 2019.
“In the last three years, we have removed the obstacles created by some vested interests on the path of socio-economic progress,” Sinha said.
“We have accelerated and broadened our development process in every sector. Our youth are contributing to nation-building. Every section of society is receiving equal opportunity to grow & contribute to J&K’s prosperity,” he added.
The LG said that the development and dreams of youth can be fulfilled only in conditions of peace, and his administration has made sustained efforts to establish peace and support to young men and women in building a bright future for themselves.
“There was a time when Pulwama used to be in the news for all the wrong reasons, but today Pulwama has become the top-performing district and is emerging as the new business & innovation hub of Kashmir Valley,” he said
The LG further said that the government is extending necessary handholding and providing every possible support to the talented youth of the UT and making them a partner in J&K’s developmental journey.
“Jammu Kashmir has been ranked Top Performer in developing a strong startup ecosystem. The industrial sector in the UT of J&K is growing to new heights with massive investment proposals. The development projects in the districts are being taken up in consultation with people to ensure their needs are fulfilled on priority,” Sinha added.
General Manoj Pande, Chief of the Army Staff; Major Gaurav Arya (Retd), Editor-in-Chief, Chanakya Forum; experts and security analysts and prominent personalities were present on the occasion.
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