Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today said that his administration has worked sincerely for the Kashmiri Pandits and they have been given jobs and houses in the Valley while their long-time demand for promotion has already been addressed.
In an interview with Zee News today, Sinha said only one line in the press conference (addressed recently by him) was highlighted.
“Three thousand jobs and an equal number of houses have been given to the Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley in the first phase. Our administration has been sincerely working for providing the rest of the jobs and houses. But everything can’t be done in 10 days,” he said.
Sinha said it’s true that Kashmiri Pandits or migrants became the victims. Life has no compensation. But we have addressed their issues of promotions.
“We are trying to construct houses for them at the earliest in the Valley. Full-proof security measures are also in place,” he added.
Asserting that unemployment and militancy have no relations, Sinha said unemployment is more in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
He said the situation has improved considerably in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.
Replying to a question on investments, the Lieutenant Governor said a groundbreaking ceremony of 30080 crore rupees worth of investments was performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Jammu on 24 April.
“We are expecting investments worth Rs 60,000 crore to Rs 65,000 crore,” Sinha said.
Responding to a question, he said he can say with full responsibility that political activities in Jammu and Kashmir are going on freely. None has stopped politicians from holding political programmes, rallies and meetings. There are no restrictions of any kind. Also, no political worker is under house arrest, he added.
On Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, he said the COVID situation will be assessed and if everything is alright, it will take place.
On the situation prevailing along the Line of Control (LoC), Sinha said the Prime Minister, Defence Minister and senior Defence officials have given statements. However, he said, the borders of Jammu and Kashmir are fully secure and jawans are on high alert.
Without naming PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, the Lieutenant Governor said a good house was offered to her (in place of the withdrawn Government accommodation). “An offer was given to her and it was up to her to accept or not,” he said, adding there is a Government that decided government accommodation based on security and threat perception. Moreover, there is also a court order in this regard.
On new land laws, Sinha said the costliest government land had been given at throw away prices. Anyone can take the land in an auction, he added.
On the G20 meeting, Sinha said there has been no security threat as two crore visitors came to the Union Territory. “Nearly 3.86 lakh Shri Amarnath yatris performed darshan. Infiltration is down and the number of active militants has come down to double digits.”
“As many as 172 militants, 42 of them foreigners, have been killed this year. There has been no hartal. Schools functioned for 200 days. Even people are fed up with old system and want to work,” he asserted.
Without naming Pakistan, Sinha described narco-terrorism as a conspiracy and said the government of India as well as the Jammu and Kashmir administration are working seriously to tackle the menace. “The Union Home Minister has also held a series of meetings on this,” he said. (Daily Excelsior)