J&K: Govt in Hyper Active Mode for Development 
| Jaibans Singh - Editor (Defence & Strategic Affairs - IOP) - 10 Sep 2019

 

By Jaibans Singh

Chandigarh, Sep 10, 2019: The Government of Jammu and Kashmir, under Governor's rule, has been in a hyper-active mode to bring in projects and initiatives that will place the state at par with the rest of the country in the shortest period of time.  In the area of development, the government has already taken many concrete steps to make good its promise. The seeds of development are being sown to bring complete normalcy and peace in the state.

“We as a nation, as a family, have taken a historic decision. A system due to which brothers and sisters of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were deprived of many rights and which was a big obstacle to their development, that system has been done away with," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the Nation on August, 8, post reorganisation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.

In so saying, the prime minister was referring to deprivation as a result of certain anomalies that had come into existence due to the so-called “special status” given to the state by Article 370 and Article 35A, which now stands annulled.

There were many socially relevant and development-oriented legislation enacted by parliament and schemes initiated by the central government that were not applicable to Jammu and Kashmir due to the debilitating special status. Lack of audit scrutiny by the centre led to misuse of funds and corruption.

The special status allowed a few families to dominate the political spectrum thus eroding evolution of democratic values in the state. There has been no major upheaval in the state post the decision of reorganisation. The change of status has, in fact, been welcomed by the people.

The question was being asked that – will the NDA government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi be able to deliver on its promise of ushering democratic rights and development in the state as promised?

So far as the political aspects are concerned, the centre has promised early elections followed by a revision of the Union Territory status of Jammu and the Kashmir into a state. There exists no reason to doubt the will and determination of the government to stand by this promise. The timing will depend, to great measure, on the manner in which political stability finds to roots in the region.

In an attempt to eradicate corruption, the focus has been laid on ensuring empowerment at the grassroots. The Centre has announced a grant of Rs. 366 crore to 4483 Panchayats for their development.

Panchayats have been told to recruit 2000 accountants to maintain account books; the government has also decided to digitally connect 634 Panchayats, it is proposed to have two digital villages in each district and then spread the technology across the state.

The government is conducting a mass reach to link all government schemes with Aadhaar and thus facilitate direct transfer of grants and subsidies. All these measure will go a long way in eradicating endemic corruption in the state.

The Government has very rightly identified youth as the centre of gravity for ensuring progress and has proposed a special impetus for them. To ensure quality education at the school level, the process of making 43000 teachers permanent under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has begun and honorarium of Anganwadi workers has been increased from Rs 3600 to Rs 4100. 50,000 new jobs will be generated for the youth of J&K; focus will be on enhanced recruitment in central government jobs like paramilitary forces etc.

Sports are an intrinsic part of child development; as such, a fund of Rs 250 crore has been set aside for building sports infrastructure; each Panchayat will soon have a playground. Also, the Juvenile Justice Board and Child Welfare Committee will be constituted in every district.

In the health sector, construction of AIIMS in Awantipora (Kashmir) and Vijaypur (Jammu) is underway. The number of MBBS seats has been increased from 400 to 900. A Cancer Institute is proposed to be built in Srinagar at a cost of Rs 120 crore. All grassroots Health Care Centres are being energised with manpower and equipment.

To give a perceptible boost to tourism, Phase 1 of Gulmarg Master Plan 2032 stands approved. Two wildlife sanctuaries are proposed at Tral and Kishanganga respectively. New tourist places are proposed to be developed in Leh and Kargil. Twelve new trekking routes across the region are being developed to promote eco-tourism.

The overall development is required to give a kick start economic activity in the state, in this regard effort is being made to maximise the utility of the Rs 80,000-crore development package earlier announced for the state by Prime Minister Modi. Notably, implementation of this package remained slow and tardy under the PDP led state government.

The first phase of Jammu Ring Road will be completed by December 2019; groundwork to provide 24/7 drinking water through pipes to 15 lakh homes is underway; survey of the rail link between Baramula and Kupwara has been ordered; work is on to beautify Dal Lake in Srinagar; by 2024, Srinagar will have a state-of-the-art Metro Rail.

To meet urgent requirements of housing and infrastructure nearly 50,000 homes in satellite towns are proposed to be developed in Srinagar and Jammu; under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, 1632 kms of roads are to be built in the state; construction of Industrial Bio-Technology Parks a is underway in Kathua (Jammu) and Handwara (Kashmir). Two IT Parks, set up across 5 lakh sq ft land, will come up in Jammu and in Kashmir.

To enhance social security, 66 villages have been included in the list of Backward Areas to be given special incentive and 85,000 farmers have been registered under PM crop insurance scheme. . 40,000 people are to be included in Old Age Pension, Widow Pension schemes. Financial assistance will be provided to Rs 5.5 lakhs refugees living in the state.

Prime Minister Modi has a reputation of standing by his word. If he has promised development and political change then he will spare no effort to ensure the same. If people give active support, the benefits envisaged will take root faster, otherwise, it will take time. There should be no doubts that change for the better will take place for sure. It is important that the people correctly asses the emerging situation and do not fall prey to such inimical voices that do not want to see the region prospering.

(Jaibans Singh is a reputed Geopolitical analyst, columnist, and author)

Representational Image, Courtesy - Frontline / PM India / PIB

IOP ON FACEBOOK - https://bit.ly/2SlmpLA

IOP TEAM BUREAUS & WRITERS https://bit.ly/2LxOU2I

INDIAN OBSERVER POST (IOP) is a Class, Creative, and Constructive News platform which publishes ONLY exclusive and Special News / Views / Interviews / Research Articles / Analysis / Columns / Features and Opinions on the national and international issues, politics, security, energy, innovation, infrastructure, rural, health, education, women, and entertainment. www.indianobserverpost.com 

(Onkareshwar Pandey is Founder, Editor in Chief & CEO, Indian Observer Post and former Senior Group Editor- Rashtriya Sahara (Hindi & Urdu) and also former Editor, (News), ANIhttp://bit.ly/2mh7hih)

ALSO READ

Army Commander Visits North Kashmir, Assures Full Security and Support

By Jaibans Singh - https://bit.ly/2La2SZP

Modi, Trump & Trumped Out Imran 

By Onkareshwar Pandey - https://bit.ly/326BnGj

Amit Shah Addressing Kashmir Issue with Clarity, Confidence & Honesty 

By Onkareshwar Pandey http://bit.ly/2YskaG3

What is happening in Jammu & Kashmir? Inside Story from Srinagar

By Jaibans Singh - https://bit.ly/31nQESN

Will Gen Bajwa Be Able to Save Pakistan from Bankruptcy?

By Onkareshwar Pandey http://bit.ly/2M1mBf8

Full Text Of Charges Against Jaish-I-Mohammed Chief In UNSC

By Onkareshwar Pandey - https://bit.ly/2OTz6Ja

Securing Kashmir From Turning Into Palestine Like Situation

By Shankar Kumar - https://bit.ly/2OQEiRG

China May Try to Delay the Discussions on Masood Azhar in UNGA

By Onkareshwar Pandey - https://bit.ly/2OTz6Ja

Now Ball Firmly Lies in Pakistan’s Court 

By Vikas Khanna  https://bit.ly/2ubcEBO

Will Throw Each and every Infiltrator Out of Assam in Next Five Years: Amit Shah

By Monalisa Gogoi - https://bit.ly/2U0zkEa

Pakistan: Reeling Under The Impact Of Self Created Fault Lines

By Jaibans Singh - https://bit.ly/2JmCpcW

India Can Strike Again if Imran Fails to Deliver

By Maj Gen Dilawar Singh - https://bit.ly/2ICINwb

Window on Pakistan Media – 5

By VK Gaur - http://tiny.cc/9vdv3y  

Modi Resisting Peace Process because of elections in India: Pak Media

By VK Gaur - http://bit.do/eKxNT

India Needs to Get the PoK Freed from Pakistan

By S Kumar https://bit.ly/2H4jHon   

Did Indian Submarine Enter Pak Waters?

By VK Gaur https://bit.ly/2TiGfYZ  

No Impact of Abhinandan’s Release on LoC

By Jaibans Singh - https://bit.ly/2VwLZLi  

Pakistan’s Posture Post Balakot: a Lull before the Storm

By Jasbir Sarai https://bit.ly/2EP9TfM     

Why Pakistan Media is Silent on Masood Azhar?

By VK Gaur https://bit.ly/2TiGfYZ   

Paradigm Shift in India's Pak and Terror Policy

By Major Saras C Tripathi - https://bit.ly/2Etkhs3  

IAF Bombs JeM Camps in PoK, 350 Terrorists Killed, Firing on LoC

By Onkareshwar Pandey - https://bit.ly/2GQ9P1o  

India’s Participation at OIC a Diplomatic Triumph for India: Najma Heptulla

By Brown Nongmaithem - https://bit.ly/2XwZ6OB  

Pakistan Releases Abhinandan, Now, India waits for Masood Azhar

By Onkareshwar Pandey - https://bit.ly/2En6VxC  

To Choose War or Terrorism

By Mallika Chugh - https://bit.ly/2TEQVk4 


Browse By Tags



Latest News