Govt Pitches J&K As Best Destination For G-20 Summit


Situation Has Improved, Not A Single Strike Observed In Last One And A Half Year: CS

Jammu- Asserting that the situation has improved a lot and not a single strike has been observed in Jammu and Kashmir over the last one and a half year, Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta Friday pitched the Union Territory as the best location for hosting the G-20 Summit events.

Mehta made these remarks while speaking during deliberations held with the delegation regarding conduct of its meetings here in the Union Territory, an official spokesperson said Friday.

The meeting was also attended by Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Production; Additional Chief Secretary, Home; Principal Secretary, PWD; Principal Secretary, Housing & Urban Development Department; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Commissioner Secretary, Rural Development Department; Secretary, Planning; Secretary, Health; Secretary, GAD; Secretary, Hospitality & Protocol; Secretary, Transport and many other concerned officers.

The Chief Secretary, the spokesperson said, revealed that J&K has a breathtaking environment and the climate is also highly conducive for holding such events.

He said Mehta mentioned that the infrastructure has also been upgraded to a large extent during the past few years and is up to mark for holding prestigious international events like that of G-20 Summit.

The spokesperson said that the Chief Secretary also revealed that the situation here has improved a lot and it is worth noting that for the last one and a half year not a single strike has been observed in the UT.

“He said that the crime rate in the UT is very low. He told them that the tourist flow to UT has been all time high this year witnessing a record footfall of 1.62 Crore tourists since January 2022, the highest in 75 years of Independence,” he said.

Mehta, he said, ensured the delegation that best possible arrangements would be put in place and the delegates would find an opportunity to watch the rich cultural diversity of J&K.

“He also took stock of other arrangements like hotel accommodation, protocol, city sprucing, holding of cultural events, transport, internet connectivity, medical facilities, arrangements at airports, training of staff and other branding strategies,” the spokesperson added.

Pertinent to mention here that from December 1 this year, India will assume the G20 presidency for a year and chair over 200 meetings that aim to secure global economic growth and prosperity. Together, the G-20 countries represent more than 80% of the world’s GDP, 75% of international trade and 60% of the world’s population.

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