Jammu: The Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha said that now a new wind of change has started flowing here.”
When asked how it felt to see the world from the Valley and to see Jammu and Kashmir from the point of view of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha replied, “Jammu and Kashmir is not just naturally beautiful but the people here are also excellent. Talent is immense. There may be little confusion because the true picture does not reach the outside world. But those who are living here have also realized that now a new wind of change has started flowing here.”
In his reply to the question regarding the general opinion about Jammu and Kashmir as being a disturbed state due to terrorism and corruption, Manoj Sinha replied that the budget provided to Jammu and Kashmir is more than any other states and from time to time the Central government has also been giving financial help.
“However despite all the help provided, not much work happened due to whatsoever reasons. Now is the time to speed up things. Due to lack of industry, people here depend on government jobs for employment. Jammu and Kashmir could not be developed at the same pace as the rest of the country.”
In the recent times, corona has also had effect. But now development has gained momentum here. Our vision is clear about the policy of zero tolerance against corruption. There will be no discrimination against anyone. From the point of view of development, Jammu and Kashmir can stand at par or above other states.
There should be maximum employment opportunities here. In this direction, we want to take Jammu and Kashmir forward. Peace, Prosperity and Development are the three mantras of Jammu and Kashmir.
As far as terrorism and security forces are concerned, terrorism has been controlled to a greater extent than before. Our security forces have been almost successful in stopping infiltration. The great celebrations of democracy has just concluded.
We are happy that elections were held freely, peacefully and fairly. This time the voting percentage has increased compared to the last election and not one polling worker has been injured. Despite the conspiracies of neighboring countries, we have conducted peaceful elections.
In reply to statement that people are saying after the removal of Article 370, for the first time people showed so much of belief in democracy in the DDC elections, is a new light for the democracy here, Manoj Sinha replied, “This is not a new light but a new dawn.”
When asked that unemployment is a big challenge in Jammu and Kashmir. You also believe that there is a lot of potential in Jammu and Kashmir and its budget is also big. So what is the government’s roadmap in this case? The PM announced the development package in 2015, it has been a long time. How will it change?
Manoj Sinha replied that due to corona, the pace of development was slightly reduced, but in the last three months the pace of development has increased. Out of 54 projects, 20 have been completed and the remaining ones will be completed by June. The major projects which will be completed by 2022.
Apart from this, PM has announced 2 AIIMS, 5 Medical Colleges, NITs, IITs and IIMs, Centers of Excellence for Jammu and Kashmir. Their work will also be completed within the stipulated time.
When asked that the youth of Kashmir have high hopes from you. How will you meet their expectations? Manoj Sinha replied, “We have started work on three-four fronts. Under this, a task force has been formed to implement the new education policy here. Secondly, the jobs which are in the government sector are being recruited within the time limit by advertising. We will give 25 thousand government jobs in the next 6 months.”
Manoj Sinha said that only government jobs are not enough, so the policy of industrialization can be brought here soon, and they are working on it. The Finance Ministry has approved it, soon the Cabinet of the Central Government can also give its approval.
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