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MUMBAI: Saying that Article 370 was the root cause of secessionism, terrorism, nepotism, discrimination and corruption that kept Jammu and Kashmir underdeveloped, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday said three years after break from past, it is moving forward towards a new developmental journey.
“Decisive and stringent steps are being taken against terror ecosystem and corruption”, the Lieutenant Governor said while addressing ‘Badalta Jammu Kashmir’ Conference in Mumbai.
He also shared J&K’s remarkably robust and resilient growth story.
The world is changing. India as the world’s largest democracy has emerged as a global economic power and the achievements are inspiring J&K UT to make the country stronger and contribute in building modern India, the Lt Governor said.
The conference was attended by various distinguished guests and prominent personalities including Ram Naik, former Governor, Uttar Pradesh; Vinod Tawde, Former Minister of Maharashtra Government; Members of Parliament; Ministers, Legislators, former Ministers and senior politicians.
Referring to the transformational journey of the UT, the Lt Governor said, J&K has emerged as one of the fastest-growing UTs. The progress that UT has made in last three years has given new hope and confidence to the people. Never before had PMEGP, Infrastructure development, and projects completion taken place at the kind of speed witnessed in the past three years, he added.
Accelerated pace of development, improved socio-economic parameters, unprecedented progress in all priority sectors, massive tourist influx, and industrial investment is testimony of peaceful and prosperous Jammu Kashmir, the Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor also highlighted the reforms introduced by the government to empower every section of the society and made all the citizens, especially the youth as agents of change and providing equal opportunities to the aspirational society. Youth are scripting J&K’s bright future. The administration has taken many steps to create supportive schemes and policies to speed up economic development and to meet the aspirations of our young population, the Lt Governor said.
We have removed the difficulties that had cropped up in the implementation of people-friendly governance, setting up new businesses and industries. It is our responsibility to provide equal opportunities to all, added the Lt Governor.
With setting up of an unprecedented 21,640 new manufacturing and service units and the creation of over 1.70 lakh jobs, Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme – PMEGP has emerged as the most powerful medium to contribute to society, he noted.
The Lt Governor also spoke on the revival and promotion of Jammu Kashmir as preferred film-shooting destination and the strong bond it shares with Mumbai Film industry.
On the occasion, the distinguished guests and key speakers also shared their views on the transformative changes taking place in Jammu Kashmir.