Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday expressed condolences to the families of those killed in the recent “selective and targeted” terror attacks in the Valley and said these deaths would be avenged by destroying the “ecosystem of terrorism”. . . He assured the people of the Union Territory that the Central Government with the help of intelligence agencies and security forces has prepared a complete strategy to deal with the situation and its action will be seen soon.
In an interview with CNN-News18’s Anand Narasimhan on the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Sinha said, “First I would like to express my condolences to the families of those killed in the Valley. It is true that selective and targeted killings have been carried out to create an atmosphere of fear in Jammu and Kashmir. J&K was witnessing increase in tourism, prosperity and development since last two years, those who could not tolerate all this did all this to disturb the peace. Those killed will be avenged for their death. This ecosystem of terrorism will be destroyed.”
“I want to assure the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially the minorities, are our priority and they will be protected. This is our responsibility. I take responsibility for these unfortunate killings. To ensure that such killings do not recur, we have developed a full-fledged strategy and our actions will be looked into soon.”
Reiterating that he takes “responsibility” for the recent killings in the Valley, he said, “It is a fact that stone pelting no longer takes place in Kashmir. Tourism has increased as people across India feel safe here.” ” As far as law and order is concerned, J&K is doing very well. As I said earlier, I take responsibility for these unfortunate killings. To ensure that such killings don’t happen again, they Dealing with it is the responsibility and top priority of the Center and the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
Referring to the recent brutal killings of two teachers, Supinder Kaur and Deepak Chand, by terrorists by Makhan Lal Bindu, a prominent Kashmiri Pandit and owner of Srinagar’s famous pharmacy, and Virendra Paswan, a ‘chaat’ vendor from Bihar, he said that people should we need. Condemn such attacks instead of “taking undue advantage” of the unfortunate incident.
“It is also true that some people are taking wrong advantage of the situation. A woman who teaches children and takes care of an orphan, a pharmacist who opens her shop even at night so that people can get medicine, a poor street vendor who comes from far and wide to earn her livelihood – these Heinous crimes should be discussed. Instead of calling it a security and administrative failure. Everyone in the country should condemn these attacks. My humble request to you and the people of this country is not to fall in the trap of those who are deliberately derailing these issues.
Without getting into too many details for national security reasons and without warning those “sabotaging” the situation in the Valley with their statements, Sinha said, “We cannot discuss security measures on national television. I would say that. Intelligence agencies as well as our security forces have developed a strong strategy. The security forces have full freedom from our side to act wherever they want. Some people are making such statements which will worsen the security situation here. It is happening. They should think before speaking. Security forces are ready for vigorous counter-attack.”
Assuring that soon the government will have complete control over the situation in the Valley, Sinha said, “It is true that people from different sections of the society have been targeted, such as, political party workers, our Muslim brothers, minorities. . . We need to understand the mindset of killers. Our aim is not to lose a single life. It is unfortunate that such incidents have happened and we are developing a complete strategy to ensure that such killings do not happen again and I am sure we will have full control over the situation in the near future.
Talking about the development work being done by the government, he shared, “I would like to say two things: First, the Indian government had launched a package – ‘6,000 jobs and 6,000 houses.’ In our first phase we met the target of 3,000 and till date 841 posts have been recruited and results for 2,000 posts have been declared. In October they will join 2,000 people. So only 160 posts are left vacant, on some The litigation is on and the remaining 81 posts have been advertised. So we will complete the second phase as well. More than 800 houses have been built and work on 3,000 houses is in progress.
The LG also said that the government has also launched a portal for those whose land was encroached upon in Jammu and Kashmir. In this, such people can register their complaint and the concerned District Magistrate will take action within 15 days.
“It is true that in the 90s not only Kashmiri migrants but Muslims and Sikhs had to leave the Valley. Such families have been registered with the Relief Commissioner’s office. I will call them ‘migrants’. Some are settled in Jammu, some in other parts of India and some in other parts of the world as well. We have launched a portal on 7th September because in 1997 a law was passed but it was not implemented. The person whose land has been encroached can file a complaint on that portal and the concerned DM will have to take action within 15 days. So far more than 6,000 complaints have been registered in that portal, out of which more than 2500 complaints have been investigated. So these killings were also an attempt by the government to stop such attempts. But such efforts of the government are not taking the name of stopping. Instead, we will destroy terrorism,” explained Sinha during the interview.
Praising the work done under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jammu and Kashmir, Sinha said that the government is working for the betterment of the people. “I don’t want to comment on what anyone says. I would also like to clarify that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we are working for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The days of self-development are gone, now is the time for development of the people. As of 2014, there were three medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir: one in Jammu and two in Srinagar. But under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, five new medical colleges have been started including two in Udhampur and Handwara, work on these colleges will start this month. Next year, they will work,” he said.
“J&K has been given two AIIMS: one in Srinagar and one in Jammu. Two Cancer Institutes, One Orthopedic Joint Centre, Five Nursing Colleges, More than 1,400 Health Centers have been established in J&K since last 4-5 years. The health infrastructure here is better than other states. It is all because of Prime Minister Modi.”
Talking about how well the local authorities in J&K have managed to vaccinate people against the Covid-19 infection, “As far as Covid-19 management is concerned, starting In the U.S. we were producing 14,000 LPM of oxygen and now it is 96,000. And finally, except three districts, all other districts have 100% vaccination. Both those districts will also be fully immunized in the near future. We have given 45 per cent more of the second dose.”
LG Sinha said that they discussed the issue of road connectivity to the villages of Jammu and Kashmir with other parts of the country. He said, ‘I have also spoken to the Prime Minister to connect 974 villages of Jammu and Kashmir with other parts of Jammu and Kashmir. I know we are lagging behind here. But this too will be completed. Last year we built a maximum of 5,000 km of roads and this year a target of 8,000 km has been set. Electricity production has also increased. As far as electricity is concerned, we will make Jammu and Kashmir self-reliant. If we talk about distribution, then the schemes which were pending for the last 12-15 years, we have completed them and the rest have also been completed soon.
He said power supply would be increased in the valley during snowfall this year. “When I had come to Gulmarg for the Winter Festival last year, I said that the people of the valley had witnessed lightning and snowfall together for the first time. We will also increase the power supply in the valley during this year’s snowfall. All social security schemes like Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, scholarship to students, pension etc. have seen an increase of 36 percent.
Sharing the list of developments happening in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, “If I talk about the national highway of Jammu and Kashmir and even Ladakh, about 1,000 km of new national highway has been added here. . New highways and tunnels have also been built. Now tourists can visit Kashmir even in winters. The work of the bridge being built on the Chenab valley is almost complete. Now Kashmir will be connected with Kanyakumari. From Srinagar we will start international flights to Sharjah. We have also allotted 700 crore canal land for the construction of a new airport terminal in Jammu.
Sinha said these figures are evidence of the development in the Union Territory since the abrogation of Article 370 two years ago. He gave the example of saffron cultivation in Kashmir.
“We have achieved the target of doubling the income of farmers here. They earn three times now. Earlier, to apply for small things, permission had to be taken from the Revenue Minister. We changed it. There was also a law that farmers who had less than four canals were not allowed to plant trees. We ended that too. We have changed several regressive laws which were against the farmers.”
Sinha further said that the administration has introduced high density tree plantation which has improved the economy of J&K. “We have given compensation to the farmers who suffered losses during the floods,” he said.
Talking about other social indicators, he said that the child mortality rate in the valley has also improved rapidly. “In 2015-16, the child mortality ratio was 23.1 per cent. We have reduced it to 9.5 per cent in 2020.”
Sinha said the Narendra Modi-led government allocated Rs 46,900 crore for roads, and it is now about 2200 km in density of national highways. “Back in 2014, even after the inclusion of Ladakh, it was not so much. There used to be seven national highways including Ladakh. Now there are 11 except Ladakh. The PM allocated Rs 46,900 crore in the road sector,” Sinha said.