(Asian News Hub) – Maintaining that the union government is working for prosperity and development of Jammu and Kashmir, the MoS Home GK Reddy Monday said that the central government has undertaken major developmental projects but there has been some delay in achieving the set target due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the house, Minister of State, Home Affairs, GK Reddy, as per news agency—KNO, said that if the development in Jammu and Kashmir is compared with the past 70 years it’s quite better and speedy development is underway and center along with UT administration are working together for the betterment. “The set target for J&K remained unachieved given the COVID-19 pandemic”, he said.
He said that the maiden DC elections were conducted successfully. “Panchayat Raj elections were conducted with 74 voter percentages. 98 percent of BDC elections were conducted. PM Modi led government is working together with the UT administration of J&K,” Reddy said.
The union minister said that for the first time grievance boxes have been installed across J&K. Back to village program was launched. “My Town My Pride program was launched for urban areas. Under the PM development package, the work of 54 percent stands completed. Kashmir will be connected with the Train by December 2022,” he said.
Reddy said that the World-class transport facility in Jammu and Srinagar is set to be completed in the next four years. “The power sector has started a lot of work and additional capacity will be produced. Power for all schemes launched. Water supply for all schemes launched. Village road connectivity being improved and built,”
“J&K has received the entire amount of 881 crores allocation under the PM development program which amounts to 754 spent so far”, he said. “140 new health projects undertaken. Two AIIMS, super-specialty hospital, medical college being constructed. Seven medical colleges have been sanctioned and 15 BSC medical colleges also a cancer institute in Srinagar and Jammu.”
He also informed that all-important union ministers will visit J&K, the first phase of which was completed but the 2nd is pending due to the pandemic. A new business royal package has also been announced.
About the unemployment in J&K, the union minister said that the government has decided to hold a mega employment drive that includes 5 IR Battalions along with 2 border battalions and 2 women battalions in the police for Jammu and Kashmir and the process is underway while the board has been constituted.
“In paramilitary, the youth of Jammu and Kashmir will be recruited and as part of development, the Lakhanpur toll has been abolished”, he said.
“People in Jammu and Kashmir don’t want article 370 rather development for that Pakistan attempts to disrupt and resorts to ceasefire violation and 71 people received injuries in 2020 along LoC while the infiltration attempts were 216 in 2019 but the number has come down to 99. “221 militants were killed in 2020 in J&K. 327 stone-pelting incidents were reported in 2020”, MoS Home informed the house.
Kashmir based BJP leaders tender ‘unconditional apology’, after party’s indiscipline notice
Eight Kashmir based Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders who were issued notice over indiscipline, have tendered “unconditional apology” for their conduct and have given undertaking to not repeat such acts in future.
This was stated by Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Bharatiya Janta Party’s Disciplinary Committee, Sunil Sethi on Monday in Jammu.
Sethi said that in response to the notice issued to eight BJP leaders, all of them have submitted their “unconditional apology” and have also given undertaking not to repeat such conduct and not indulge in anti-party activities or indiscipline in future.
The leaders who were issued notice include Dr Ali Mohd Mir, G M Mir, Altaf Thakur, Manzoor Ahmed Bhat, Arif Raja, Bilal Parray, Anwar Khan and Asif Masoodi
Chairman BJP Disciplinary Committee Advocate Sethi said that the BJP Disciplinary Committee is satisfied with the apology and keeping in view their past standing and contribution to the party, the disciplinary committee has requested the party President J&K Ravinder Raina to close proceedings against them.
These leaders earlier have been asked to stay committed to their undertaking, failing which strict action will be taken against them. KNO
Fissures within J&K BJP unit; notice served to 8 leaders over anti-party activities
Fissures appear within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the party’s disciplinary committee on Friday served notice to eight Kashmir-based leaders over alleged anti-party activities, asking them to tender apology.
Quoting sources news agency—KNO reported that eight leaders from Kashmir including Sofi Yousuf, Altaf Thakur, Manzoor Bhat, Anwar Khan, Arif Raja, Ali Muhammad Mir, G M Mir and Aasif Masoodi have received a notice by the party’s disciplinary committee.
The leaders have admitted that the notices have been issued to them for alleged anti-party activities.
Chairman of disciplinary committee, Sunil Sethi while confirming the issuing of notice to the party leaders, said that it has come to the fore that the leaders are involved in anti-party activities.
“We have given time to the leaders to tender an apology,” he said, adding that in case the leaders fail to come up with the apology, then next procedure will be started in this regard against the leaders,” he said.
“Nothing can be stated further in this regard, the disciplinary committee is waiting for the response of the leaders,” Sethi added.
Party’s General Secretary (Organization), Ashok Koul also said that the leaders have been asked to tender their apology before the disciplinary committee for their anti-party activities.
As Mirwaiz addresses Friday sermons after 4 years, former CMs among J&K leaders welcome move
The former chief ministers of erstwhile J&K state and other leaders from different political parties on Friday welcomed the administration’s move to allow Jamia Masjid’s head cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to deliver Friday sermons after the gap of four years.
The political leaders expressed their views on X (formerly Twitter).
National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah hoped that the administration would allow Mirwaiz to move freely, interact with people and resume his social and religious responsibilities.
“I welcome the step taken by the administration in J&K to release Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from house arrest. I hope that they allow him to move freely, interact with people & resume his social/religious responsibilities. Today eyes in Kashmir will be on Mirwaiz as he delivers his first Friday sermon in Jamia Masjid after 2019,” Omar wrote on X.
Former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti said that Mirwaiz will walk free after years of LG administration’s denial about his detention.
“Finally Mirwaiz Umer Farooq will walk free after years of LGs admin’s denial about his detention. As a religious head he is held in high regard by muslims across J&K. Unfortunate that a tussle has already begun between BJPs various political outfits to claim credit for his release,” Mehbooba Mufti wrote on X.
Peoples Conference (PC) Chairman and former minister, Sajad Gani Lone welcomed Mirwaiz’s release and stated that he symbolises a tradition, which is primarily religious in nature but also has strong societal connotations.
“Welcome the release of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq sahib. It is a joyous day for all of us to hopefully see him leading the prayers. He symbolises a tradition which is primarily religious in nature but also strong societal connotations. This tradition has been routinely interrupted in the last three decades, by all governments. Hope this tradition proposers uninterrupted,” Sajad Lone wrote on X.
Former minister and Apni Party President, Syed Altaf Bukhari thanked Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha for Mirwaiz’s release.
“Deeply gratified & delighted by the long-awaited release of Mirwaiz Sahib. This momentous event has indeed ushered in a collective sigh of relief among the masses, particularly his devoted followers. Thanks to @AmitShah @manojsinha_” Altaf Bukhari wrote on X.
CPI (M) and former legislator, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami said releasing Mirwaiz from illegal confinement is a welcome move, saying that difference of opinion is an important ingredient of democracy, but it should not be used as an excuse to curtail the fundamental rights of people.
“Releasing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from illegal confinement is a welcome step. Mirwaiz is a well-respected & influential religious leader. Difference of opinion is an important ingredient of democracy. It should not be used as an excuse to curtail the fundamental rights of people. Hope the government respects different shades of opinions, including the media,” Tarigami wrote on X.
Waqf Board Chairperson and BJP leader, Dr Darakshan Andrabi termed the release of Mirwaiz as an appreciable decision by the administration.
Religious scholars belong to all & no group or political party has a copyright for any religious personality, she said.
“Congratulations to respected Brother #MirwaizUmarFarooq Sahib. It is soothing to see you after a highly appreciable decision by the Administration. Religious scholars belong to all & no group or political party has a copyright for any religious personality. I hope, this time politico-theatrical statements will not shadow the happiness of the release of Mirwaiz. Wishing him great for future,” Dr Darakshan Andrabi wrote on X. KNO
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