SRINAGAR: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Tuesday said that post abrogation of Article 370, J&K has emerged as the ‘most secured place’ as the militancy-related incidents are all time low. He said a sustained drive launched by Prime Minister Narendera Modi against militants and Hurriyat bore fruit and stones in the hands of youth were replaced by laptops.
Addressing a massive rally at Rajouri district of Jammu, Shah said those who would state that blood will flow if Article 370 was rolled back should go through figures.
“Against the previous figures of 4767 militancy related incidents reported in J&K in a year, the figure dropped to 721 only post Article 370 roll back. Killing of Security Forces personnel has come to just 137 a year, which is lowest ever,” the Home Minister said.
He said that the sustained campaign launched by the Prime Minister Narendera Modi to crush militants, separatists and Hurriyat yielded good results. “Today, J&K is a most secured place,” said Shah, who was flanked by J&K LG Manoj Sinha and MoS in PMO Dr Jitendera Singh besides MP Jugal Kishore. Shah said that PM Modi reached out to J&K youth and replaced stones with laptops.
“Today, J&K youth are competing like any other youth of the country in different fields,” news agency KNO quoted Home Minister as having said.
Reaching out to the Gujjars, Bakerwals and Pahari’s, Shah asked them to ensure that three families, who kept government confined to them, their family members and friends, should be defeated in every election. “These three families enjoyed family rule for 70 years and kept common man yearning for democracy,” Shah said.
“Today, people have Gram Panchayat, Zila Panchat and Tehsil Panchayat, which didn’t happen in the past 70 years,” he said. “Democracy was kept confined to 87 MLAs and six MPs in J&K for the past 70 years while Gujars, Bakerwals, and Paharis were left out. By nominating Ghulam Nabi Khatana in the Rajya Sabha, Modiji proved that he is committed to give due representation to all sections.”
He said that post Article 370 roll back, Rs 56000 Cr outside investment has reached J&K that would ultimately provide employment to youth. “We formed Anti Corruption Bureau to end corruption that remained on top in the past 70 years due to the family rule of three families,” he said.
Shah hailed LG Sinha for announcing holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh. He said that for the first time, direct flight from Srinagar to Sharjah was launched and night flight operations were stated in Srinagar. “First time in the history, 1.62 Cr tourists visited J&K since Jan 2022,” the Home Minister said.
He said the delimitation commission was constituted to give due representation to Gujjars, Bakerwals and Pahari’s which otherwise was a dream. “You were always exploited by the people who ruled you,” Shah said, adding that the government headed by PM Modi is committed to take J&K to new heights with all sections of society including Gujars, Bakerwals and Paharis on board.