LG Murmu seeks people’s cooperation to build new J&K

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/26/2020 12:16:37 AM

JAMMU, Jan 25: Asserting that constitutional changes have opened new vistas of development in Jammu and Kashmir, Lt Governor G C Murmu on Saturday sought the cooperation of the people in supplementing the initiatives for rapid growth and development of the Union Territory.
"We will take Jammu and Kashmir on the path of rapid growth and development as envisioned by our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi). Let us all join hands to build a new Jammu and Kashmir," Murmu said in his Republic Day message.
Referring to the abrogation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into two Union Territories in August last year, Murmu said "2019 has been a year of momentous change" for the people of the UT.
"The abrogation of temporary provisions have removed the artificial legal and economic barriers between Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of the country and have fully integrated it with the country in the true sense of the term," he said. He said the legal architecture and system prevailing in the rest of the country will now apply to Jammu and Kashmir.
"The people of Jammu and Kashmir now stand on the same pedestal as those in the rest of the country with the same rights, benefits and prospects," he said. Murmu said women and weaker sections like Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, refugees from West Pakistan and Safai Karamcharis will now have equal democratic and economic rights while barriers to industrial growth and trade have been removed.
"The constitutional changes have opened new vistas of development. We need to capitalise on the opportunities. The initiatives already taken for putting Jammu and Kashmir on the path of sustained development shall be given a further push," he said. However, he said the efforts of the government alone cannot make a difference and people of the UT "need to come forward and supplement the initiatives of the government." "Today, on behalf of all of us in the government who have been working and dreaming really big for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, I am asking for your support, for your partnership, and for your confidence to move forward and usher Jammu and Kashmir into a refreshing era of peace, prosperity and development," he said.
"Jammu and Kashmir is seeing a new dawn. A dawn which promises hope, a dawn which will bring prosperity, a dawn which will lead to progress and a dawn which will usher J&K towards peace," he said. "The best way to overcome misgivings is to reaffirm our commitment to abide by the values of our Republic," he added. Murmu further said that the UT is now at the doorstep of a brighter future. "As Jammu and Kashmir progresses in step with the rest of the country, there will be a boost to private investment and great opportunity for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The economy will grow with more economic opportunities, businesses will thrive and the people of Jammu and Kashmir will gain on all fronts," he said.
With regard to restrictions, he said that the law agencies required to put restrictions on many fronts. “These have been largely relaxed in a gradual manner. We facilitated people to perform their tasks even under difficult circumstances. I thank the people of Jammu and Kashmir for cooperating on this front. These restrictions were necessary owing to the problems being created and propaganda from across the border. Our priority was that there should be no bloodshed which we have achieved,” he said.
“On this day, I salute the bravery of our police and security forces for battling militancy and ensuring that there is public order in Jammu and Kashmir. The Nation is proud of them. We also pay homage to civilians who have fallen prey to wanton violence. Militancy remains our biggest concern as innocent youth are indoctrinated to take misguided path. Although incidents of militancy have come down drastically, the threat posed by it requires attention not only to eradicate it but also prevent loss due to it. Our valiant security personnel need to continue to be on guard to thwart any attempts to disturb peace across Jammu and Kashmir, thereby disrupting the development, growth and opportunities for peace loving people,” he added.



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