SRINAGAR:  Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Thursday said that the three-decades-long conflict in Kashmir was  “business for some people” who filled their own coffers while the common man was left to suffer on all fronts.

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Golden Glory Eco Park at Sonmarg and various other events under Meeri Maati Mera Desh,LG Sinha said the conflict tag on the face of Kashmir for three long decades was actually a “great business opportunity” for some people whose first preference was to fill their own pockets while a common man was left suffering on all fronts. “However, the Security Forces are pushing the last nail in the coffin of terrorism and dismantling the entire terror ecosystem to make the peace a permanent feature.”

Stating that the people of J&K have a right to live a free life and a life of their choice Manoj Sinha said, “Gone are the days when they were asked to live the life on the directions of others. Some people want to revive street violence to get back into the business, but their plans will be scuttled on all fronts,” he said. “Today, separatism, terrorism, and street violence is a thing of the past.”

He said that a poor man has a first right in every government scheme. “I don’t know why some people felt pain in their stomachs when we announced land for landless. In the first phase, 2711 people were provided land under the PMAY scheme. Home is not just a home for the poor but a beginning of a long journey of fulfilling dreams,” he said, as per KNO, adding that “8000 more people of whom the majority are Bakerwals are eligible for the land for the landless. If some people feel pain in their stomachs, they will have to bear that pain.”

He further added that around 10 lakh tourists visited Sonmarg and Ganderbal this year. “There were 130 homestays available in the district. Homestays provided a great opportunity for the people of Ganderbal to earn a living,” the LG said.

He said that lakhs of Amarnath Yatris were hosted by the people of Ganderbal. “I want to put it on record that all Amarnath pilgrims went back with a message of brotherhood, peace, and harmony,” the LG said. He also said that Ganderbal is touching new heights in development and peace—(KNO)


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