Kashmir militancy in last phase: Dr Jitendra

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh addressing a public function at Udhampur on Sunday.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh addressing a public function at Udhampur on Sunday.

Valley based mainstream parties more dangerous than separatists

Nishikant Khajuria

UDHAMPUR, Jan 27: Maintaining that three decade long militancy in the State was in its last phase as youth of Kashmir have become aware of the self centric agenda of the elements hostile to peace, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today said that so called mainstream political parties in the Valley were more dangerous than the separatists.
Quoting example of Nazir Ahmad Wani, who transformed himself from a militant to military and sacrificed his life for the country, the Union Minister said that the martyr was an inspiration and aspiration of every youth, particularly those from Kashmiri valley who were becoming part of development journey led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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“Through his act of supreme sacrifice while fighting agai-nst terrorists and defending his colleague soldiers, Nazir Ahmad Wani has given a clear message to all Kashmiris that the time has come to realize it is better to die as a military than a militant,” he said while talking to media persons, here today, on the sideline of a function in connection with distribution of Golden Cards among Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries.
Displaying optimism over the improving security situation in Kashmir where the district of Baramulla has been recently declared as terrorist free, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the militancy in Valley was in last phase as majority youth have realized futility of gun and political exploitation.
“This is the third generation of youth post-independence, most of them born after 1990, who are well-informed and fully prepared to make the best use of the new avenues and opportunities, which is evident from recent competitive results in the last three years wherein performance and success rate of the Kashmir youth at All India Civil Services Exam or IIT-NIT entrance test, have been exemplary ,” he said.
However, at the same time, the Union Minister lashed out at the so called mainstream political parties in Kashmir valley for misleading people of the Valley, particularly youth and doing injustice with them for personal gains.
“I have no hesitation to say that some elements in the attire of so called mainstream political parties are more dangerous than the identified separatists , as the former have done great injustice with Kashmiri youth and their own electorates for the petty political gains,” he said while pointing out that these political leaders were sending their own wards to well secured places for better education and job avenues but instigating common Kashmiri youth to resort to violence.
In response to a query, Dr Jitendra Singh said that timing of holding Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir was to be decided by the Election Commission of India but the BJP was ready for any poll at any time.
Earlier, the Union Minister distributed Golden Cards among Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries at Udhampur and reviewed the progress of various Centrally sponsored schemes. He was informed that the district has registered 75,000 beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana-Ayushman Bharat.
While reviewing the progress on the implementation of various Centrally Sponsored Schemes, Dr Singh was informed that under Swachh Bharat scheme the district administration has constructed 75000 toilets so far in the district
Dr Singh exhorted upon the general public to come forward and avail maximum benefits of these schemes. He said that young generation is the future of nation and urged them to register themselves as voters in view of Lok Sabha elections and appealed the youth to aware the common masses about the same.
The Union Minister along with the district officers also listened to the Prime Minister Narendera Modi’s famous Radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’. The district administration had made special arrangements for general public to listen this programme at Udhampur.
District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Ravinder Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajiv Omprakash Pandey and other senior officers of district administration besides large number of prominent citizens listened to the live broadcast.
Later, Dr Jitendra Singh also inaugurated Sunday Shramdaan Series, a series of cleanliness drives being organized by Regional Outreach Bureau, Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.