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We have a roadmap for J&K for next 25 years, says J&K LG Sinha

ByMir Ehsan, Srinagar
Aug 08, 2023 12:40 AM IST

“In four years, we have travelled that much distance which was unimaginable to people. And we have framed a roadmap of next 25 years about the changes going to happen in Jammu and Kashmir,” Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor said

Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor (LG) Manoj Sinha on Monday said they have a roadmap for J&K for the next 25 years stating that the conflict entrepreneurs were not happy with the situation in valley post August 2019 and in first seven months 1.27 crore tourists have already visited the region.

Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha in conversation with editor-in-chief of Hindustan Shashi Shekhar at SKICC in Srinagar on Monday. (Waseem Andrabi /HT)
Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha in conversation with editor-in-chief of Hindustan Shashi Shekhar at SKICC in Srinagar on Monday. (Waseem Andrabi /HT)

At the inaugural session of Shikhar Samagam, Sinha in conversation with editor-in-chief of Hindustan Shashi Shekhar on “Badaltae J&K ke buland awaz” said they have a roadmap for J&K for the next 25 years stating that the conflict entrepreneurs were not happy with the situation in valley post August 2019.

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“In four years, we have travelled that much distance which was unimaginable to people. And we have framed a roadmap of next 25 years about the changes going to happen in Jammu and Kashmir,” Sinha said.

“The days of exploitation are over. In Kashmir it was difficult to differentiate between a ‘rehbar’ (guide) and a ‘rehzan’ (who would loot),” he added.

He said the street violence is now history. “The calendar about hartals, opening of schools and violence used to come from Pakistan. I have been told that eight years ago, ten-and eleven-year-old children used to check identity cards of people on streets. Now J&K administration formulates the calendar about schools and colleges which is being implemented. Even business go as usual, now more diktats are being followed by the business community here.”

Sinha said that tourism has played a big role in Kashmir’s economy. The message has gone across the country that J&K is visitable. Last year 1.88 crore visitors, including Vaishno Devi and Amaranth pilgrims, had come last year and this year till July the number is 1.27 crore.

When the LG was asked about why Kashmir writers were removed from books, he said they were not writers. “They would spew venom. They had made the curriculum here as such that the youth would get destroyed. How to develop scientific temper in children? NEP- our education departments have worked hard to implement that,” he added.

Sinha also talked about incidents of target killing in the past few days.

When he was asked about the assembly elections, Sinha said when Election Commission decides, the Indian government will follow its directions to hold assembly elections in J&K. “There is no need to be impatient. Assembly elections will also happen. The representatives of J&K are in Lok Sabha and for the first time three-tier panchayat polls were held here. The big change that has come here is that the job which 200 to 250 people used to do earlier, now same is being done by involving 30,000 to 32,000 representatives of people who have people’s mandate they decide about works which government has to undertake here,” he added.

Post abrogation of Article 370 security situation improved: Sinha

Srinagar Post abrogation of Article 370, the security situation has improved as all top commanders of terror groups have been eliminated, said Sinha during the Shikhar Samagam, a thought leadership programme organised by Hindustan at SKICC on Monday.

On the killings of three army soldiers in Kashmir in an ambush deep inside the Halan forests in Kulgam south Kashmir, Sinha said very soon good news about the attackers who ambushed army troopers in Kulgam forests will come.

“It was unfortunate that our soldiers were killed in an ambush during night in the forests. “In the dead of night, our soldiers moved forward and tried to kill the terrorists but they (terrorists) were on the height and before our jawans could move forward to kill them, they opened fire on our soldiers. We are doing everything against them (attackers) and very soon good news will come,” he added.

Since Saturday, Army along with other security forces has launched a massive search operation in the forests of Halan in Kulgam. Drones are being used to pinpoint the location of militants responsible for the ambush.

A photograph of the ambush was released by Peoples Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF ) on social media.

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