Naya Kashmir focused on good governance, self-reliance after Art 370

On August 5, 2019, the Parliament of India took a monumental and courageous decision to revoke the temporary special status granted to the former state of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution.

Under the guise of special status, few privileged families in J&K enjoyed absolute autonomy. They ran a separate country with the Center’s resources and taxpayer money intended for the common good. They even alienated Kashmiris from the rest of India with their divisive agendas.

The total integration of J&K with the rest of the nation was necessary to realize the constitutional vision of ‘Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat’. Article 370 was a psychological and cultural barrier used as an excuse to create an identity crisis among the young in order to better control them.

In the shadow of militancy, this paradise was inaccessible and unexplored for security reasons. Fast forward to this year, February alone witnessed 1.42 lakh tourist occurrences. The first six months of the year there were footsteps of six lakh people.

Srinagar Airport operates 90 flights to and from Kashmir daily. J&K’s UT is finally connected to the UAE through the five weekly Srinagar-Sharjah flights flagged by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in October last year.

The Amarnath Yatra of 2022 was the largest congregation in the history of Kashmir. All hotels in the Valley are fully booked until the end of August.

The government has launched the J&K Tourist Village Network under Mission Youth to boost adventure tourism in J&K. Under this program, 75 Union Territory villages known for their adventure sports potential, scenic views, historical importance and cultural significance will be transformed into tourist villages.

The small hamlets of the Valley have their own unique identities, geography, indigenous knowledge systems, cultural practices and heritage that the world has yet to discover. Incentives are given to filmmakers to further popularize these destinations. The youth-led sustainable tourism initiative will strengthen the economy and provide employment to the local population.

The past three years have been the death of favoritism and favoritism in the Valley. Today, all people have the same opportunity in the face of opportunity and employment, regardless of caste, gender, and past political affiliations.

There was a time when government officials only swallowed their relatives and friends in government jobs, regardless of their qualification and credibility. The J&K government fed on bribery and ‘sifarish’, and merit had little value. Today, the deserving candidates run key offices and deliver results.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has made it very clear that his office will have ‘zero tolerance’ for corruption, as evidenced by his recent decision to recruit sub-inspectors in the J&K Police Department after a series of arduous elimination processes based on knowledge, training and mental and physical health.

In the past three years, the government has set up a transparent system for recruitment in various posts and departments. A record number of vacancies were advertised by the Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board, the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission and other agencies.

Each candidate went through the same process: written test, open discussion and interview. The recruiters have documented the basics of the elimination processes; the selection of candidates is impartial.

Sinha’s government has worked tirelessly to ensure higher incomes for farmers, in line with PM’s vision of doubling (small) farmers’ incomes through empowerment and self-reliance. The administration is committed to providing low-cost facilities such as well downs, custom rental centers, primary processing units, sorting and sorting units, and cold storage to motivate people to take entrepreneurial initiatives.

In the context of the National Beekeeping and Honey Mission, special promotions and subsidies are given to beekeeping.

“Agri-preneurs” is the trending term for curious farmers who are entrepreneurial in agriculture and related industries, thanks to government-sponsored start-up fees, discounts, free certificate courses, crop insurance, financial incentives, etc.

Self-help groups (SHGs) are teaching skills such as food processing, fruit growing and management, animal husbandry, poultry, mushroom farming, organic farming, aromatic/medicinal plant propagation, etc. The aim is to make the agricultural sector farmer-friendly. The government is also conducting ‘Kisan Melas’ to bridge the gap between the farmers and agricultural scientists.

Development in any sector can only take place in a peaceful environment. Sinha’s zero-tolerance policy on terrorism has resulted in a substantial decrease in militant attacks from 2019. Today, we don’t hear stories of stone pelting, terrorist attacks, and Hurriyat-issued calendars. Their energy has been given an outlet, a chance to live a life worth living.

Today, Kashmir is known for its hydropower projects, new highways, IITs, AIIMS, IIMs and all the elements that indicate a developed state. This is a board ‘For the People’.

The repeal of Articles 370 and 35A has challenged the people of Jammu and Kashmir to set a new political narrative and practical goals for a better life. The proponents of Article 370 were its biggest abusers; today their hypocrisy is well known.

Traditional political parties made the citizens believe that they were somehow waging a war for freedom. Now that the ‘awaam”s rose-colored glasses are off, they understand how the elite political and bureaucratic class were digging their graves. They had deceived the impressionable and innocent minds for decades.

In Naya Kashmir, the false stories about the repeal of Article 370 are annulled.


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