Jammu and Kashmir’s newly appointed Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has said that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir should “direct their activism towards development to become future leaders of the country”.
“Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said that youth has the power of transformation, his own student life was marked with activism; he asked the youth of Jammu and Kashmir to direct their activism towards development as future leaders of the country,” said a tweet by the official handle of the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), Jammu and Kashmir government.
Referring to the abrogation of Article 370, Sinha said that the constitutional changes in 2019 had led to 50 decisions which will usher in a new era of normalcy and development in the Union Territory and also laid down the five targets for his government, which include, “transparency in governance, grassroots democracy, people’s welfare, accelerated development and creation of employment opportunities.”
“New Domicile rules shall provide equality, justice to the deprived like WPRs (West Pakistan Refugees), pahari speaking, safai karamcharis (sanitation workers) and women married outside J-K, reservations policy also being made more effective,” he added.
According to Sinha, the Union Territory is leading in the implementation of the PM Jan Arogya Yojna – Ayushman Bharat with 30 lakh beneficiaries and the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’.
He also highlighted that the application of 73rd and 74th amendments have led to grassroots democracy in Jammu and Kashmir and said that pensionary benefits are being given to more than seven lakh people, including transgenders.
“The new tunnel at Banihal on Jammu-Srinagar highway and the world’s highest rail bridge on Chenab will be completed in 2021. By 2022, Kashmir will be connected all the way to Kanyakumari by rail, work starts on Shahpur Kandi and Ujh Irrigation projects,” Sinha said.
“The Union Territory will try to extract the maximum benefit from the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revive its economy. Eight task forces have been created for the dedicated implementation of the package,” he added.
Sinha had also announced an additional Rs 25 lakh insurance cover for healthcare workers for working during the COVID outbreak.
He said that the Jammu and Kashmir administration is planning to extend benefits of Jammu and Kashmir health scheme to one crore more beneficiaries, “making it first of its kind scheme in the country covering Universal Health Insurance for the citizens”.