‘People playing role in peace building’
SRINAGAR, May 30: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today said that people of Jammu and Kashmir are playing their role in peace building but some elements can’t digest it and their plans will be defeated.
The LG stated this after inaugurating the several key infrastructure projects that include seven Custom Hiring Centres for farmers and nine Poly Green Houses for Self Help Groups (SHGs) in Baramulla district today.
Sinha said that the people of J&K are forgetting the past and playing their role in peace building. “The UT is going through a massive development. But no development can take place without peace. There are still some elements who can’t digest this peace. We all will defeat their plans,” he added.
He urged the people to isolate those elements, who are trying to disrupt peace.
The LG said that Pakistan can’t feed its own people. “In Pakistan, Atta per kg is sold at Rs 125. How can it (Pakistan) be the well-wisher of people of J&K,” he said.
Sinha said the G-20 meeting couldn’t take place in Gulmarg due to time constraints and logistic issues. He, however, stated that the successful event in Srinagar will ensure a huge number of foreign tourist arrivals at the ski-resort in the ensuing year.
“Baramulla district has a history of valour and courage. This aspirational district has transformed itself into a centre of economic importance in the last few years,” the LG said.
While hailing the preparations put in place by the district administration to host the G-20 guests, the LG said that the foreign delegates couldn’t come to Gulmarg due to “time constraints and logistic issues.” “But I am sure that the successful event in Srinagar will definitely help see a large number of foreign guests at the ski-resort in the ensuing year,” he said. He stated that 57 foreign guests from 27 countries attended the G-20 meeting which is the highest ever participation as far as the G-20 working group meetings is concerned.
Sinha said in J&K, 70 per cent of the people are dependent on Agriculture. “A massive change will take place in the Agriculture sector soon. There are 29 projects that are inter-linked but purely aimed at change the fate of Agriculture and those associated with it,” he added.
The LG said that the administration’s initiatives in health, education, infrastructure, connectivity and emphasis on empowering women and youth have opened up a vast array of opportunities. “Focus on balanced development is benefitting all sections of society and backward areas are being linked to the mainstream,” he said.
Sinha said that Holistic Agriculture Development Program (HADP) offers an opportunity to empower 3/4th population of J&K. “We have to ensure that Kisan Sampark Abhiyan benefit more farmers & subsequent interventions lead to sustained growth and development,” he said, adding that “I am hopeful that J&K will largely contribute to the India’s three trillion dollar economy.”
The LG inaugurated several key infrastructure projects, seven Custom Hiring Centres for farmers and Nine Poly Green Houses for Self-Help Groups in Baramulla District. He also laid the foundation stone of various projects.
Sinha said the projects dedicated to the public today have the potential to bring transformation not only in Baramulla district but in the entire Jammu Kashmir. “The upgradation of Narbal-Tangmarg road will further strengthen the connectivity, he added.
“This aspirational district has transformed itself into a centre of economic importance in the last few years. The quality of life that the citizens of Baramulla had dreamed for a long time is being fulfilled to a large extent,” he said.
The LG said the youth of Baramulla are scripting new milestones in various sectors and making significant contributions in nation building.
“Youth are the custodians of our future and they have a significant role to play in J&K’s progress. In order to provide an opportunity for our youth and sportspersons to demonstrate their skills, we are making all possible efforts and this mission will continue in the future,” he added.
The Lt Governor shared the vision of the Government and the reforms introduced, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to accelerate the pace of socio-economic growth in all districts of Jammu & Kashmir.
He called upon the PRI members and all the stakeholders for their active participation in effective implementation of the Holistic Agriculture Development Program and other development endeavours of the Government.
Safina Baig, DDC Chairperson Baramulla, while speaking on the occasion, highlighted various developmental issues and demands of district Baramulla and sought the intervention of Lt Governor for their early redressal.
Vijay Kumar Bidhuri, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir also shared his views on the impact of Holistic Agriculture Development Program in the lives of farmers of J&K UT.
Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, senior officials of civil administration and police, PRI members, farmers and people in large numbers were present.