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LG participates in 6th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog

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Government aims to take J&K export worth from Rs 1400 cr to Rs 5000 cr in next two years, says the LG

(Asian News Hub) – Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today participated in the 6th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog, through virtual mode.

During the meeting, the Lt Governor highlighted major reformative measures taken by the UT Governor, besides apprising the meeting about the new trajectory that the UT has undertaken in the past 17 months.  

At the outset, the Lt Governor, on behalf of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, expressed gratitude to the Hon’ble Prime Minister for his unstinting support in accelerating the pace of development in the UT.

“After 5th August 2019, Jammu & Kashmir got new opportunities of socio-economic development that were not there for many decades.  J&K is passing through a period of transition for development, peace and prosperity.

Today, among the people of Jammu & Kashmir, there is an outlook of hopeful optimism”, remarked the Lt Governor.

While making suggestions for giving further push to the developmental process in Jammu and Kashmir, the Lt Governor requested the Government of India for considering the demand for setting up of Dry Port in J&K with a customs clearance facility to increase the trade within and outside the Country.

 To give a boost to tourism and trade in J&K, the Lt Governor requested that Srinagar and Jammu be opened to regular commercial International flights.

The Lt Governor observed that the UT Government is aiming to take J&K export worth from Rs 1400 cr to Rs 5000 cr in the next two years. Air Cargo capacity for J&K needs to be enhanced to enable easy transportation of perishable items, he added.

He requested for simplification of certain permissions under Water Act and Air Act, 1981 along with clearances and reduction of time period from 4 months to 30 days so that clearances can be obtained easily and in a short time for setting up industrial units.

The Lt Governor suggested for setting up Regional Office of MoEF in J&K for speedy disposal of Environment Clearances cases for larger projects.

He also suggested that the Government of India may consider specific product based funding programs. National Saffron Mission has succeeded because of it focus on one product, he added.

Infrastructural projects need to be devised considering the needs of 20-25 years from now. New road construction technology like cold mix plant and use of pre-fabricated bridges could be promoted to reduce the construction time-period, suggested the Lt Governor.

Speaking on the Economic reforms, the Lt Governor observed that the existing industrial landscape is being transformed into futuristic, profitable and sustainable ecosystem, leading to livelihood generation, better education, skill development and better quality of life.

“From job creation to entrepreneurship, we are going to make J&K a model of Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Government is working on promoting institutional readiness, increasing entrepreneurship and attracting investments. The multiplier effect of industrial transformation will be felt across the entire length and breadth of the UT”, said the Lt Governor.

New Industrial Development Scheme, with an outlay of Rs.28,400 Crore, has been approved by the Government of India for encouraging investment in manufacturing and service sectors in J&K, which will help in stepping up economic development in Jammu & Kashmir, the Lt Governor affirmed.

Underscoring  the important interventions made by the UT Government for execution for the languishing projects, the Lt Governor said that JKIDFC, a model which NITI Aayog has commended as a best practice, has approved 2367 projects worth Rs. 7125.49 crore so far.

On health sector, the Lt Governor observed that J&K Government is spending 2.86 % of its budget in the Health sector which is more than the national average. Upgradation of health infrastructure and  improving healthcare services has led to an overall improvement in the key health indicators in J&K, he added.

Speaking on priority sectors, the Lt Governor observed that J&K is heavily relied on agriculture sector and tourism sector. We plan to introduce automation IOTs, cloud computing to create smart factories to supplement existing trades, imaging sensors in orchards, smart logistics for improved margins and smart manufacturing for increased revenue making opportunities, the Lt Governor maintained.

On Education sector, the Lt Governor said that from this session, education will be imparted in all 5 official languages, besides Bridge course is being initiated to meet the study loss due to COVID pandemic.

Translation of local folklores and those of other states for cultural exchange and understanding is being done, he added.

The Lt Governor also spoke on AB-PMJAY SEHAT Scheme, J&K’s performance in Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY), G.I. tagging of Kashmiri Saffron, promotion of Basmati Rice, High Density Plantation and Aspirational Blocks in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Lt Governor also thanked the Hon’ble Prime Minister for announcing a new Gas Pipeline Project in Budget 2021 for the development of J&K.

With the efforts of Central Government under the guidance and leadership of Prime Minister, the country has been transformed into hub of Start-ups and innovation. I strive to bring the same development in J&K, the Lt Governor maintained.

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Encounter starts in Chanapora, Sgr

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(Asian News Hub) – An encounter broke out between Security forces and militants in Chanapora area of Srinagar on Thursday evening, police said.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), police in a tweet informed that the gunfight has started in Chanapora area this evening, saying that the police and security forces are on the job.

“#Encounter has started at #Chanapora area of #Srinagar. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

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Centre to send more forces to J&K

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(Asian News Hub) – The central government has decided to move extra forces to Jammu and Kashmir amid targetted killings and encounters between security forces and militants.

Quoting sources News18 reported, the official announcement of sending soldiers will be made soon to send about 25 companies of troops to Jammu and Kashmir to give security to civilians and help other forces to eliminate militants.

They said that the additional companies CRPF will be arranged mannerly. They will be sent in phases. 10 companies will be sent to J&K, while in the next two phases, the remaining 15 will be dispatched.

Also Read: Won’t allow disruption of peace; damage to communal fabric of J&K at any cost: DGP Dilbagh Singh

In a high-level meeting, the decision was taken in view of the current situation. ‘Almost two dozen CRPF companies will be moving to Jammu and Kashmir from different parts of the country in view of the current situation. Soon, an official communication will be released to move these troops,’ News18 reported quoting sources in the government.

Arrangements for the accommodation, transportation etc have already begun. The process of informing companies who will be going to J&K has also started.

Also Read: Won’t rest till we root-out militancy from J&K soil: LG Manoj Sinha

‘The step was decided in a high-level meeting. Arrangements will be made soon and after that, an official communication will be released in a few days,’ the official claimed as per News18.


DG CRPF Kuldiep Singh is already in Jammu and Kashmir monitoring operations and the situation along with other top officials of the biggest paramilitary force.

It is expected that the DG would remain there till Home Minister Amit Shah reaches J&K for his visit from October 23-25.

On Wednesday, four unidentified militants were killed in separate encounters with security forces in the Shopian and Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army’s longest operation in the last 10 years is going on in Mandher sector.

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Won’t allow disruption of peace; damage to communal fabric of J&K at any cost: DGP Dilbagh Singh

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Says selected killings were aimed to trigger communal fissures, those involve to be dealt with sternly; pays homage to 375 police, security forces killed in last one year

(Asian News Hub) – Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Thursday said that killing of civilians and minority community members in J&K was a move to disrupt peace and to trigger a communal fissure in UT ‘but police and security forces will foil all such plans and won’t allow militants to succeed.”

Addressing the police commemoration day function at armed police complex Zewan in Srinagar, the DGP said that some militants while acting on the advice of their mentors across the LoC resorted to disruption of peace by killing civilians and members of minority community. “These selected killings were aimed at triggering communal fissures in Kashmir. Police and other forces acted swiftly to foil the designs of militants and their mentors,” he said as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). “We will not allow disruption of peace and damage to the communal fabric of J&K at any cost.”

Also Read: Won’t rest till we root-out militancy from J&K soil: LG Manoj Sinha

He said killing of civilians was not just to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere but also hit the livelihood of common masses of Kashmir and the tourism as well. “We have given a befitting reply to the enemies of peace and will continue to do that,” the DGP said.

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He said that this year so far 370 policemen and other security forces personnel were killed in line of duty across India. The DGP paid rich tributes to all the policemen killed in line of action stating that police are committed to protect the integrity of country and to keep the peace intact in J&K.

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