STATE TIMES NEWSSRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Friday said that every effort will be made to make Jammu and Kashmir an attractive destination for investment.“To achieve it, new medicity, educational centers and IT Hubs will be developed for which a land bank of 6000 acres has been created and this will open new avenues of employment for our youth”, the Lt Governor said while greeting the people on the auspicious occasion of the 74th Independence Day.The Lt Governor said that process of filling 11000 posts has been started to provide employment. In addition to this, 10,000 more vacant posts will be filled soon. The interview for Class III and IV posts has been abolished, he added.He said an unprecedented investment is being made in the sports sector while adequate measures would be taken for promotion of tourism. He said the boys and girls of Jammu and Kashmir are winning the hearts and accolades of the entire country.“Whether it be the allocation of Rs 366 crore to 4483 panchayats to develop gram panchayats, or laying underground power cables in Gulmarg, Pahalgam , Patnitop and Sonmarg, or commencing the work on supply of piped gas to Srinagar and other major towns, all these decisions were inspired by a single motive – to strengthen the democracy in Jammu
and Kashmir and ensure the development of the region”, he added.The Lt. Governor expressed gratitude to J&K police, Central Paramilitary Forces and the brave jawans of our military, who offer the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the integrity and freedom of the nation, and ensure that the citizens of the country live a secure and peaceful life.“This is the occasion to remember Ajay Pandita and Wasim Bari, who laid down their lives to defend the idea of India”, he added.Sinha said that the government and administration stand by all those who are committed to, and strive towards strengthening democracy in Jammu and Kashmir. Elected representatives of local self-governments, who face threat, are being provided with a Rs 25 lakh life insurance cover. To make policing more effective, the necessary reforms are being undertaken, he added.Referring to COVID Pandemic, the Lt Governor said to stop the spread of virus, efforts of the government have been commendable in offering people testing and treatment facilities. About three lakh people have been brought home safely. Every individual is being looked after properly and no one will be left without assistance. The doctors, paramedical staff and nurses have worked selflessly and with exemplary dedication, he said adding that the people will never forget their selfless service.“We will offer all health workers an additional Rs 25 lakh insurance cover apart from the Rs 50 lakh insurance cover offered by the central government”, the LG said and requested the people to adopt necessary precautions to safeguard themselves from the COVID Pandemic.He said the government is committed to provide a better alternative for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. An alternative that stands for development, welfare and social transformation.“Jammu and Kashmir has long suffered from scarcity of development. We have to remove this scarcity. Electricity, water and roads shall be made available to every house and village. We have to create a healthy and educated society here. We have to create ultra modern and world class infrastructure here. We have to transform Jammu and Kashmir into a world class tourism destination. We have to create a peaceful environment here. I expect the full cooperation and support of people here that we may create a new Jammu and Kashmir.” It was the dream of Sardar Patel that whole India should not just exist as a political map, but also move forward together at the same time, and conquer new milestones of development and progress”, he added.The LG said that Jammu and Kashmir has always been an integral part of the existence of India in each and every respect – culturally, politically, socially, and spiritually. Jammu and Kashmir has a time honoured tradition of assimilating and embracing every religion and tradition right from Kalhan’s Rajtarangini to Shankaracharya’s Advaita, Sufi Islam to the Buddhist philosophy of Mahayana. And this peaceful and syncretic co-existence is reflected in the lives of the inhabitants of this land.“We are all familiar with the contribution and role of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the struggle for India’s liberty. Innumerable heroes from this land of Jammu and Kashmir offered the ultimate sacrifice in service of Mother India. This land of Jammu and Kashmir has given birth to brave hearts like Mahavir Chakra Awardee Martyr Brigadier Rajinder Singh. History is a witness that in 1947 when invaders lay siege to Uri sector, Brigadier Rajinder Singh stood like a rock in the path of the enemy to repulse their attack. Till his last breath, he saved the land of Jammu and Kashmir from the enemy. He was hit by many bullets, but that hardly deterred him as he stood firm and upright like a rock in the path of the enemy. The enemy was forced to beat a hasty retreat in the face of such valour”, he addedIn the same vein, the LG said, “we remember the valour of Brigadier Usman who offered the supreme sacrifice while confronting the enemy. His last words were: “I may be dying, but the land for which we are fighting should not fall in the hands of the enemy.”Jammu and Kashmir is the land of Rishi Kashyap, and is also the land of Prophet Mohammad. This land has also hosted Guru Nanak in his quest for enlightenment, while also accommodating the philosophy of Gautam Buddha. We can learn a lot from Jammu and Kashmir’s ancient tradition of religious inclusivity, and we are committed to renew and empower this tradition. A verse by Kashmir born Laleshwari testifies to the tradition of the wonderful cultural syncretism of Jammu and Kashmir.“It will be difficult for me to recite the original verse, so I can only offer a translation in Hindi and English. I assure you, however, that I will soon learn your language and read the verse in its original form:Shiva abides in all that is everywhereThen do not discriminate between a Hindu and a MuslimIf you are wise seek the absolute within yourselfThat is true knowledge of the Lord”, he added.On Panchayati Raj, the LG said the full application of 73rd and 74th amendments of the constitution has laid the ground for a strong grassroots democracy. Panchayats and Municipalities lay the base for thriving, significant and accountable grass roots democracy.To ensure development, unprecedented energy is being channelized at the ground level through 960 councilors, as well as more than 27000 sarpanchs and panchs. Government is cooperating fully with the people in this quest for development through decentralization in allotment of funds, works and employees. After the constitutional change, elections for Block Development Council were conducted for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir. They have been accorded a status as Public representatives and now possess the means to fulfill expectations of people. Through ‘Sabki Yojna Sabka Vikaas’, the participation of people has been converted into an effective tool to create a blueprint for village level development in an organized manner. As soon as the Covid-19 Pandemic subsides, we will fill the vacant posts of panchayats and create the third tier of governance viz. panchyati raj at the district level. To generate confidence in people, 38 Union Ministers visited and interacted with people in every nook and corner of the region.A wave of positive energy is circulating in the system, which is apparent and hard to miss. People want to benefit from development works at the local level and are expressing a strong desire to resolve their issues. A thriving Panchayati Raj and Municipal system will be the corner stone of transformation in Jammu and Kashmir.He said, “Our sole target is to ensure the welfare of all. Through Individual Welfare Schemes, focus has been laid on 100 % coverage of beneficiaries. 100% coverage has been achieved in schemes like Saubhagya, Ujala and PM Ujjwala. In Saubaghya, J&K has been awarded National Award of Rupees 100 crore. 15.9 lakh families have received LED lamps under the Ujala Scheme. More than 12 lakh families have benefitted from LPG connections provided under Ujjwala Scheme”.He said pensionary benefits have been given to more than 7 lakh people, which marks a huge jump of 59% from last year. Transgenders are also benefitting from regular pension. 5 lakh students are now availing the benefit of minority scholarships, which is a gigantic increase of 266% from last year. Jammu and Kashmir is at the forefront of the implementation of PM-Jan Arogya Yojna- Ayushman Bharat and PM-Kisan.“The Prime Minister has recently announced a mega package under ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. Jammu and Kashmir is promise bound to extract the maximum benefit from this scheme to revive its economy, and accelerate its progress. 8 task forces have been specially created for dedicated implementation of the package, and we will try to acquire a benefit of Rupees 20,000 crores from it”, he added.Concluding his message, the LG said that to honour this dream, the Prime Minister announced ‘Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat’ on 31st October 2015, on the eve of National Integration Day. This program aims at increasing and encouraging cultural interactions among the different parts of the country, and motivates the people to engage more deeply with cultures other than their own. Under this program, Jammu and Kashmir has been linked to Tamil Nadu.“I hope and wish that this endeavour to strengthen cultural relations is not restricted to a specific area, rather people of Jammu and Kashmir should forge strong relations with each and every region of the country”, LG Sinha observed, adding ” It is my strongest and cherished belief that Jammu and Kashmir will immensely contribute to the realization of our dream of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat’.
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