SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday confirmed that the situation has changed in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir with stone pelting becoming a thing of the past. “People are living life at their will following no dictations of bandh calls,” he asserted.

He added that calls for strikes and shutdowns don’t matter anymore in the Valley and educational institutions and businesses run smoothly.

Addressing a function in New Delhi, Sinha said that 6000 jobs and 6000 houses were approved for Kashmiri Pandits in two phases, under rehabilitation scheme.

“Excepting 23 posts, all vacancies have been filled and these posts too will be given shortly. Earlier, only 665 houses had been constructed but now we have given 1665 houses. Another 1789 houses will be ready before March next while all houses will be complete in 2024,” the Lieutenant Governor said.

Sinha said three more Bhawans for Shri Amarnath Ji pilgrims will be constructed in Jammu for which people have given Rs 200 crore while another Bhawan is being constructed in 3.5 acres of land at Pantha Chowk in Srinagar.

Sinha asserting that the situation has changed, while nightlife, music, and cinemas have returned to Kashmir and the next generation is full of confidence.

“Stone pelting has become part of history. Calls for strikes by Pakistan and their conspirators don’t matter anymore in the Valley. Educational institutions and businesses run smoothly. People don’t follow any dictates and are living lives at their will,” he said.

Sinha said that the tourist arrival in Kashmir is expected to touch 2.25 crore this year. “It was because of the G20 impact that the arrival of foreign tourists has gone up by 350 percent from last year.”

The Lieutenant Governor mentioned about number of facilities that are coming up in Jammu and Kashmir for Shri Amarnath Ji pilgrims. “A replica of Baba Amarnath Ji and a temple is also being constructed inside the Bhawan, while in Jammu, one Bhawan has been completed and three more will be constructed.”

Sinha said some persons used to say that there would be no one to pick the Indian flag in Kashmir but now the situation is such that there is a shortage of flags even in Pulwama and Shopian districts.



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