J&K on the progressive path as the situation on the ground changed after the repeal of Section 370
A lot has changed in Jammu and Kashmir since the repeal of Sections 370 and 35(A) on August 5, 2019, and experts believe a lot more is planned to make the region progressive.
It has now been three years and the Union Territory has witnessed comprehensive development such as rapid construction of highways, improvement of health and education sector with world-class infrastructure and greater participation of young locals in sporting activities.
With the sharp decline in terrorism-related activities and the absence of protests and stone-throwing incidents, the tourism sector in the Kashmir Valley has reached new heights.
Academician and policy analyst Professor Parikshat Singh Manhas told ANI, “People have started feeling that the economic scenario is going to change or is changing. Some policies are being put in place and development has been, obviously, a lot of things have worked out on paper, but still, those thoughts have to be built and those thoughts have to be actually put into action.”
According to information provided to Lok Sabha by State Minister for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai, 53 projects worth Rs 58,477 crores in various sectors such as roads, power, health, education, tourism, agriculture, skills development are implemented in Jammu and Kashmir. under the Prime Minister’s Development Program (PMDP).
Investors from the rest of the country and even from abroad have shown keen interest in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Union Territory has received investment applications of over Rs. 54,000 crores following the notification of a new core sector scheme for its industrial development in February 2021. 36,000 crore was allocated for industrial land.
The administration of UT is committed to creating jobs and other opportunities for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.
Since August 5, 2019, the administration of Jammu and Kashmir has recruited 29,806 people while 5.2 lakh jobs were reportedly created through various self-employment schemes.
This has changed the perception of the people of Jammu and Kashmir after the repeal of Sections 370 and 35(A).
Prof Manhas said: “The people of Jammu and Kashmir obviously feel in some ways wanted now and understand that they are an integral part of the Union of India.”
“We can all stand under one flag, that’s the most important thing. Vis-a-vis the facilities and the rights are concerned, obviously the rights are there, the rights have come and a lot of positive things are coming back people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
Experts even believe that the government has announced many development projects and policies and now is the time to implement them on the ground for the benefit of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir may not be enjoying better facilities at the moment but these facilities are improving day by day. Roads are being built and more to come. What I mean, it’s that if more professionals are involved and more people are engaged in advising and more experts especially from Jammu and Kashmir are brought in. I think these things are going to progress at a very rapid pace in a very positively, in a more gradual way,” said Professor Manhas.
He concluded that these things will empower the people of Jammu and Kashmir especially the youth.
In August 2019, the central government removed Article 370 which granted special rights to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and divided the region into two categories: Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
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