Era of militancy over, peace will prevail in J&K: Ministers

Ten Union Ministers during their visit to different places in Jammu region on Thursday.
Ten Union Ministers during their visit to different places in Jammu region on Thursday.

Land, jobs will be protected, says LG
10 Ministers tour Jammu on penultimate day
Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, Jan 23: Era of militancy is over and peace will now prevail in Jammu and Kashmir as the Union Territory has started march on the path of development with cooperation of the people. Works which were not done in 70 years will be executed in two to three years in the UT.
This was stated by most of the ten Union Ministers who visited different parts of Jammu region on penultimate day of seven-day long public outreach programme launched in Jammu and Kashmir by the Central Government.
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The Ministers who visited different parts of Jammu region today included Giriraj Singh, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Rameshwar Teli, Parshottam Rupala, Som Prakash, Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao, Suresh C Angadi, Renuka Singh, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Krishan Pal Gurjar.
For the first time during six days of public outreach, Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu also joined the programme along with Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupala at Miran Sahib in RS Pura.
In his address, Murmu announced that keeping in view the interests of the Union Territory, the Government will ensure protection of land and jobs for the locals of Jammu and Kashmir subject to certain exceptions.
“There have been certain apprehensions about domicile rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We have decided to protect land and jobs for the locals of J&K with some exceptions,” the Lieutenant Governor announced.
He further disclosed that the Government is relooking at the Reservation Policy to ensure that no section of the society is left out. He reiterated the Government’s commitment for implementation of 74th Constitutional Amendment in J&K to strengthen the Urban Local Bodies.
During last 18 months, around 1000 development projects have been completed and an equal number would be finished soon. Earlier, only 20 percent amount was spent out of the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) but in last one year, the expenditure saw further increase of 26 percent,” Murmu said.
Union Minister Parshottam Rupala said Murmu had played significant role in development of policy programmes and implementation in Gujarat. With Murmu’s vast experience, the success model of Gujarat can be replicated in J&K, he added.
Jammu and Kashmir will be developed as a model Union Territory,” Rupala said.
The Union Minister inaugurated power and other projects during his visit.
Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Prakash chaired a public meeting at village Thanpal in Thakrakote area of Reasi district and declared that era of militancy is over in Jammu and Kashmir and all efforts were now being made by the Centre for development of the UT.
“Now, there will be peace, development and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir as terrorism is dying,” Prakash said.
He announced that the Government is planning to release development funds to the tune of Rs 50-80 lakh per village every year to strengthen them and assured that the Government was committed to fight unemployment by filling vacancies in various departments of the Union Territory.
Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao, the Union Minister for Human Resources Development, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology addressed gathering at Nowshera in the border district of Rajouri and told the people that development works not done in the past 70 years will be taken up and completed during next two to three years. He interacted with Block Development Council (BDC) Chairpersons, Panchayat members and the local people.
Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh C Angadi today visited Bishnah tehsil of Jammu district and interacted with various deputations, Civil Society members and listened to their problems. He highlighted the Central Government schemes for Jammu and Kashmir UT and inaugurated development works.
Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh announced Rs 10 crore for tribal welfare in Jammu and Kashmir.
She made the announcement while addressing public gathering at Mansar in Samba district.
Renuka announced that Mansar and Surinsar lakes will be developed as religious tourism spots.
Union Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Giriraj Singh said that the Central Government will make concerted efforts to tap the huge potential for live stock development in Jammu and Kashmir with special focus on increasing wool production in Kashmir valley and potential areas of Jammu region.
“Livestock development has huge employment potential and people here are traditionally associated with it; the need is to introduce scientific techniques for multiplying the livestock and its production,” he said, while interacting with several Block Development Council chairpersons, Panchs and Sarpanchs here at the State Guest House.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Rameshwar Teli today met scores of people during a public outreach programme here at Kanthi of Ramban District.
Teli said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the Ministers to go among the public to assess their problems and desires besides exploring the possibilities of development in all aspects to make Jammu and Kashmir an advanced and developed UT.
Union Minister of State for Rural Development, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s two day extensive tour of Reasi district concluded today with her visit to Sujandhar and surrounding Panchayats of block Bhamag under Union Government’s public outreach programme.
She interacted with the prominent citizens and representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions and assessed their demands and problems.
Union Minister of State for Steel, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Union Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar today inaugurated public projects and listened to issues of locals at separate Public outreach camps, as they arrived on two day visit to Poonch.
Addressing the gathering, Kulaste informed the public about various initiatives taken by the Central Government and the Prime Minister for development of J&K and its people. He mentioned about the increase in number of medical seats, besides introduction of flagship health scheme Ayushman Bharat for the poor, Housing scheme PMAY and scholarship for tribal people and other individual benefit schemes.
MOS for Social Justice and Empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar toured tehsil Mandi of district Poonch, where he laid foundation stone for upgradation of 19.4 km road from Mandi to Gagrian under PMGSY. He also inaugurated 100 bedded Gujjar & Bakerwal Girls Hostel at Banpat, constructed by R&B.