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People in J&K want development not Article 370: MoS Home GK Reddy

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(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.

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Mehbooba Mufti greets people on Ramadhan eve

(Asian News Hub) – Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti has felicitated people of Jammu and Kashmir on the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadhan.


In her message on the occasion, the PDP President hoped the holy month heralds the beginning of an era of peace, prosperity and salvage humanity from the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic. “I pray that this holy month brings along all the divine blessings for our state and its people”, Mehbooba Mufti prayed in her message.

Terming Ramadhan as a month of charity and compassion, Mehbooba Mufti appealed to the well to do sections of society to donate generously for the social causes during this month and added the holy month highlights the values of patience, self-restraint, tolerance and austerity, which promote feelings of compassion and respect for others.


​“Please remember during this month the widows, orphans, destitute, infirm and those who are unable to fend for themselves and try to donate generously for the social causes”, she said in her appeal.

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Stay away from Gun culture, follow democratic means: Mehbooba to Kashmir youth

Says don’t accept Aug 05 decision that ended accession between J&K, Union of India, want J&K to become model of peace in South Asia, PAGD still intact, centre not in favour of elections in J&K as it wants to rule it from Delhi

(Asian News Hub) – Former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that the accession between J&K and Union of India has been trashed in 2019 by the BJP led regime at the Centre. She also appealed to youth in the Valley to stay away from gun culture and fight for their rights in democratic way.

Addressing a gathering during membership drive here in Srinagar, Mehbooba said that the decision taken by the central government on August 05, 2019 is not acceptable and the rights and identity snatched from the people here must be restored.
“Those who have turned Jammu and Kashmir into a jail must bear in mind that we don’t accept the decision taken by the government. We will fight for our rights till our last breath. Even if a journalist speaks anything, he is being called and subsequently booked under UAPA,” she said.

“It is not Pakistan but India who had given us the special status. I don’t understand why BJP is getting angry why I am asking my country to restore the identity and special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The government has put an end to the agreement between J&K and Union of India, but still it is the people of J&K who are holding the hand of India. And when we raise any objection, we are being asked to stay calm,” she said, adding that the situation in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh is very critical.

She added that PDP has always played a role in ensuring peace in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the party’s aim is to make J&K a bridge for peace in South Asia and want J&K to become a model of peace in South Asia.


“As SAARC summit is set to be held in Pakistan, we hope our Prime Minister will go there as there is no other way besides dialogue to resolve the issues,” she added.

Talking to media persons on the sidelines of the function, Mehbooba said that any movement with guns is bound to fail, saying that this is why she has been appealing to the Kashmiri youth not to lose their lives due to bullets. “If we want to resolve the Kashmir issue, we need to follow democratic way and force the twin neighboring countries including India and Pakistan to hold dialogue,” she said.

“Some people want Kashmiri youth to pick up arms to show the world that they (Kashmiris) are terrorists and there are no issues with them, thus we need to follow democratic means to resolve our issues,” she said.

Asked about silence in PAGD, Mehbooba said that the conglomerate has a great role to play, saying that PAGD is still intact. “If PAGD is not there then who will talk about the issues of J&K people. Dr Farooq Abdullah’s health condition was not good, thus no meeting was held so far,” she said.

About the delimitation process in J&K, Mehbooba said that the central government will always try to keep the power of J&K into their hands so that they can take any decision vis-à-vis UT directly from Delhi. She said the central government wants to execute their decisions without the interference of local government here, and thus don’t want elections to be conducted soon.

KNO

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Leaders didn’t leave when we made them ministers, MLAs, RS members, they can better answer why they leaving: Mehbooba Mufti

‘Flag hoisting order reflects a sense of insecurity on part of GoI, wonder why such directions for J&K only’

(Asian News Hub) – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said that the leaders who quit her party in the recent times preferred to stay in it when they were made ministers, MLAs and Rajya Sabha members and that those who quit would answer in a better way whether they left out of somebody’s pressure or something else.

Talking to reporters at her Gupkar residence here, Mehbooba said that the question why PDP leaders were leaving should be posed to those who have left. “How can I answer this question? Ask those who left. They didn’t leave when we made them ministers, MLAs and even Rajya Sabha members. I don’t know whether they are leaving out of somebody’s pressure or something else. PDP is facing challenging times so is the J&K,” she said as per news agency—KNO.

About the recent directions on flag hoisting on government buildings etc, the PDP chief said that flag hoisting order reflects a sense of insecurity on part of the government of India vis-à-vis Kashmir. “I wonder why such orders are not issued anywhere in India and why in J&K only,” she said.

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