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J&K denied prosperity, development for past 7 decades: LG

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Says UT witnessing wave of positive change, accelerated development in last 18 months

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday said that for the last seven decades, Jammu and Kashmir has been kept away from prosperity and development despite getting more per capita budget than other states.

According to an official press release, Sinha said that since August 05, 2019, with the efforts and resolve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jammu and Kashmir has been fully integrated into the mainstream of the nation.

“For the last seven decades, Jammu and Kashmir has been kept away from prosperity and development despite getting more per capita budget than other states,” the LG said while releasing a book titled ‘Forgotten Kashmir: The other side of the Line of Control’ authored by seasoned diplomat Dinkar P Srivastava.

Sinha said that now the development process in the union territory has been accelerated. Soon, the population living in 973 villages will be connected with paved roads for the first time after Independence, and remote villages will have electricity for 20-22 hours in the next three-four years.

Speaking on various reformative measures being taken for the development of the UT, the LG observed that Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing a “wave of positive change since the last 18 months and a determined push is being given to socio-economic development.”

“Hundreds of laws and policies hampering the development of the region have been done away with, or modified,” he added.

The LG also addressed a webinar of Vivekananda International Foundation on the occasion.

Sinha appreciated the author for “unmasking Pakistan’s conspiracy and atrocities on the people of Pakistan-Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (PoJK) over the past seven decades” through his book, and creating a better understanding of Pakistan’s motivations for its policies in the region.

“The book is well-researched and documented, based on facts and experience of the author, bringing into light various important aspects of tribal invasion in 1947-48, the Sudhan revolt in the 1950s, the Ayub era, the Simla Agreement, the adoption of an ‘Interim Constitution of 1974’ and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The book also mentions the Pakistani Army officer who himself spoke about the evil designs of Pakistan,” said the LG.

The LG commended the contributions of Dinkar P Srivastava, a seasoned diplomat, on foreign diplomacy front. He also made a special mention of the author for his involvement in the Jammu and Kashmir issue at the Ministry of External Affairs, and discussions in the United Nations.

“Home Minister Amit Shah, on the floors of Parliament, has cleared India’s stand on PoJK. Indian Foreign Ministry has also warned Pakistan against any demographic change in the region,” said the LG.

On the importance of empowered grassroot democratic setup, the LG said that the three-tier Panchayati Raj system was established and peaceful, violence-free and fair elections were held for the District Development Councils for the first time in J&K.

The LG observed that the UT government is nurturing transparency and accountability at all levels of the administration. Issues and development aspirations of the people living in rural areas are one of the focus areas of the government, he added.

“Reforms have been made in making public grievance redressal mechanisms more robust and responsive. LG’s Mulaqaat- Live Public Grievance Hearing is being held every month,” Sinha said.

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