Lt Guv calls for building a self reliant JK

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday called for building a self reliant Jammu and Kashmir.
“Let us build a self-reliant Jammu and Kashmir for the coming generations and realise the dreams of our ancestors,” he said.
Addressing the 76th Independence Day celebrations at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium here he said that the Union territory had put behind strikes and stone pelting and entered a new era of development and peace.
“We have launched the final and decisive assault on terrorism. The 1.30 crore people of Jammu and Kashmir should lend their voice in support of these efforts,” Sinha said
He said there were no more strikes being called in Kashmir and the era of stone-pelting has been consigned to pages of history.
“There is no shutting down of markets or schools remaining closed for long periods,” he added.
Sinha said Jammu and Kashmir had entered a new era of development, good governance and transparency.
“Jammu and Kashmir is on the move. I call upon every section of the society to make their valuable contribution to a happy, peaceful and prosperous UT. On this Independence Day, let us take a pledge to make Jammu and Kashmir Nasha-Mukt, Bhrashtachar-Mukt and Rozgaar-Yukt,” he added.
In his 33-minute-speech, Sinha highlighted various steps taken by the government for taking development to the grassroots level in Jammu and Kashmir and for improving the basic amenities like electricity supply, drinking water, and education.
“Three years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji laid the foundation for modern and equitable socio-economic development in Jammu and Kashmir. Under his guidance, J&K has been making remarkable achievements for the holistic development of the region.
“Despite many odds and challenges, we have been able to complete a whopping 50,726 projects in the last financial year,” Sinha said.
The LG also announced setting up a Gaurav Stambh’ in Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
“We have decided that a Gaurav Stambh shall be established in Srinagar in memory of the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives defending our beloved motherland. I have full faith that the immortal flame of Gaurav Stambh and the museum of our brave hearts will be the centre of inspiration for the new generation,” he said.
Sinha said he is proud of the bravehearts of Jammu and Kashmir Police who received 125 gallantry medals on the eve of Independence Day.
“Their sacrifices will always inspire us…We must reiterate, today, our resolve to defend every inch of our territory and convert the challenges into opportunities,” he said.
Sinha said the sacrifices of the soldiers are invaluable, but concrete measures were necessary for providing enough succour to their families to live a dignified life.
“The government has increased the compensation amount for the families of army personnel of Jammu and Kashmir martyred in the line of duty from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 25 lakh. The administration has decided to bear the cost of Jammu and Kashmir Police’s martyr wards up to class 12th,” he said.
“I salute our beloved tricolor and pay tribute to all those freedom fighters and martyrs, who made the supreme sacrifice to protect this land of Pir-Vaer. My heart is filled with ever-lasting gratitude towards the brave soldiers of Maa Bharti,” he said.
“Today is a day of sacred remembrance. This land is made of blood and sweat of countless freedom fighters and martyrs. They kept our flag flying high and paved the way for our development and progress. Conquering the numerous challenges with a spirit of unity, zeal, dedication and a firm resolve, India is marching ahead to a glorious future with ideas and ideals of our forefathers,” the Lt Guv said.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji started the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign for bringing 130 crore countrymen under one flag, one identity and one emotion in the 75th year of India’s independence. This festival is an occasion to take a pledge to make India strong and prosperous. Today’s resolve and the energy of the new generation will guide us in building a new India of 2047,” he added.
“The sacrifices of our brave soldiers are invaluable, but concrete measures are necessary for providing succor to their families for living a dignified life. The Government has increased the compensation amount for the families of army personnel of Jammu and Kashmir martyred in the line of duty from Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh. The administration has decided to bear the cost of Jammu and Kashmir Police’s martyr wards up to class 12th. Agniveers after military service shall get 10 percent reservation in the recruitments to be conducted by the Jammu and Kashmir Police. On the occasion of Independence Day, I also announce the reorganization of Village Defence Committees. I have full faith that the sons of Mother India will work with the spirit of sacrifice and dedication to protect the honour of world’s largest democracy,” he added.
The Lt Guv said that India, the mother of democracy, wants peace and welfare of the entire humanity, but we are also ready to defend our freedom, sovereignty and integrity with full zeal.
“A befitting reply is being given to those who are trying to mislead our youth with a nefarious proxy war. A final blow is being dealt to the terror ecosystem operating at the behest of the neighboring country. We will push the last nail in the coffin of terrorism. Strike, stone pelting and protests have become things of the past. I appeal to the 1 crore 30 lakh citizens of Jammu and Kashmir to speak with one voice against terrorism and atrocities on the innocent,” he added.
“I had invoked revered Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s wisdom for social justice and all-round progress with spirit of insaniyat, jamhooriyat and kashmiriyat. We have to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of citizens by becoming self-reliant, by displaying unflinching integrity, dedication and unwavering devotion to the values enshrined in the Constitution,” he said.
. After 25 years we should be remembered fondly by our future generations just like we recall the contributions of the great men who laid the foundations of a New India.
“In the last two years, the government has endeavored to develop areas which had remained neglected till now. Dalits, tribals and socio-economically backward classes have benefited from an equitable governance system, so have the women of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The Union Territory has achieved new horizons of success in the field of business, economy, education, culture and sports,” he added.
“The aspirations of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir have been synchronized with the aspirations of the country today. Their dreams are not confined to personal development, but transcend to create a good future for the society, nation and the entire humanity. The youth of today aspire for an equitable society free from poverty, unemployment and exploitation. They want a society which challenges and harnesses their creativity. Peace is a pre-condition for the establishment of such a social and economic order and the Government has laid the foundation for realizing these 21st century dreams. I want to convey to the youth that India is presently a torch bearer for the conscience and development of the whole world. The youth of the country have proved their mettle in almost every sphere of scientific and technological development around the world. The government has bridged the chasm and opened all forms of communication for all-round development,” he said.
Sinha said that Jammu and Kashmir has been ranked at the top among the UTs in e-governance service delivery. 209 public services are being provided online and Rapid Assessment System (RAS) has been established to obtain direct feedback from the public about these services.
“The feedback received so far reveals the approval ratings for most of the services are above 80%. Through “Aapka Mobile, Hamara Daftar” initiative, we have lived up to our commitment to make public service delivery faceless and cashless,” he said.
Sinha said that transport infrastructure is a pre-condition for economic and social transformation of any region.
“In the last two years, road and tunnel infrastructure has been prioritized and Rs 1 lakh crore is being spent to build a robust road network. Last year, Jammu and Kashmir has set a new record of constructing 6,450 km of road length. Jammu and Kashmir ranks third in achieving the target of longest road length in the country. Earlier 6 km of road length was constructed per day which has increased to 20 km of road length per day. Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Jammu and Kashmir ranks fourth in the country. In the last two years, a total of 169 bridges have been constructed to strengthen the transport system and in the last financial year, 7610 km of road length has been macadamized which used to be around 2500-3000 km previously. Travel time between Jammu and Srinagar has been reduced from 12 hours to 7 hours,” he added.
“In the 70 years since independence, Jammu and Kashmir was able to attract cumulative investment worth Rs 14000-15,000 crores whereas investment proposals worth Rs 56000 crores have been received in the past one and a half year only. Out of this, a ground breaking ceremony for proposals worth Rs 38,080 crore was held in the presence of Prime Minister in April this year,” he said.
The Lt Guv said that eight clusters of handicrafts and handlooms are being established to provide a global market for the rich heritage of handicrafts of Jammu and Kashmir. The Handicraft Department is completing the process of census of all artisans associated with handicrafts. Central Khadi and Village Industries Board have established 5851 units last year through which around 47,000 new job opportunities have been created.
“The Silk Weaving Factory in Srinagar, which was closed for many years, has been revived. Financial assistance given to handicraft artisans under the Artisan Credit Card has been doubled from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh. 26 new units have been established under the karkhandaar scheme. For securing a place in the global market for valuable handicrafts and enhancing their exports, 7 Crafts – Carpet, Pashmina, Sozni, Khatamband, Walnut Woodcarving, Papier-mâché and Kani Shawl have been GI Tagged,” he added.
He said that farmers are the backbone of the economy of Jammu and Kashmir.
“ In the last two years, the government has taken a multitude of policy decisions for improving their conditions. J&K has been ranked 3rd in the whole country for monthly farm income. Jammu and Kashmir ranks 5th in the country in the category of better performing states for reforms in agriculture and allied sectors,” he added.

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