J&K integral part of India: LG Sinha

Lt Governor Manoj Sinha
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Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha Thursday said that his administration and the government of India has a clear cut policy of engaging with the citizens of J&K. Adding that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the country and there is no question of engaging with a third party.

Speaking about the political roadmap for J&K in Network 18 India’s Chaupal Conclave, the LG said that the government has a clear-cut policy of engaging with the citizens of J&K. “J&K is an integral part of our country and there is no question of engaging with any third party,” LG Sinha said.

 

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Sinha said Home Minister Amit Shah during his recent J&K visit announced that elections will be held after the delimitation exercise. He said statehood will be restored after that.

“Only Parliament can restore statehood. Both Prime Minister and Home Minister have spoken on this issue in detail in Parliament,” he said.

Lieutenant Governor said there is full freedom to political parties to carry out their activities in Jammu and Kashmir. “Constitution of India gives freedom to everyone. There is full freedom for everyone to carry out political activities. We provide security to everyone. All political parties participated in the last DDC elections. Turnout was more than Assembly and Parliament elections. The polls were free and fair and without violence,” Sinha reportedly said.

Lieutenant Governor said there has been unprecedented development in Jammu and Kashmir post abrogation of Article 370.

The LG said that 11000 candidates have secured government jobs in the most fair and transparent recruitment process in the history of J&K. He also said that average income of farmers in J&K is around Rs 19000, which is fifth highest in the country.

“In 2018-19, after spending Rs 67000 crores less than 10000 projects were completed, whereas in 2019-20, we have completed more than 21000 projects after spending only Rs 63000 crores. Executing more projects with comparatively less expenditure is what has changed in J&K,” Sinha said.

In road construction, the LG said, 3 years back J&K used to be at 11th, 12th in the whole country and in the last two years, J&K has graduated to 3rd place achieving road construction 2.5 times the previous years.

He said under the new industrial policy, the proposed private investment has crossed Rs. 31,000 Crore, which is double than expected.

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