Development after Abrogation of Article 370

Development after Abrogation of Article 370

‘One Nation One Constitution Taking Jammu and Kashmir to New Heights’

Srinagar: In his first speech after the abrogation of Article 370, Honourable Prime Minister NarendraModi had said that many industries including import-export, food processing, and health care would flourish in Jammu and Kashmir with the scrapping of Article 370. The government of India abrogated the Article 370 in order to bring Jammu and Kashmir on the frontline for achieving peace, prosperity and success. The abrogation move eliminated the barriers coming in the way of development for the Jammu and Kashmir, the revocation of Article 370 encouraged the private sector investment in the new Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir. On August 5th, 2019, the Modi Government had moved to abrogate Article 370 and 35A from the constitution. Amidst stiff opposition, the government passed both moves in the Upper and the Lower Houses of the Parliament and the historic decision marked as welcome step towards the all-round development of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. The government justified the abrogation by stressing that both Article 370 and 35A restricted rights of the citizens as well as restricted their economic potential for the past 70 years. Therefore, it was essential to eliminate it for the development of the region. Initially after the abrogation of Article 370 the government planned to hold a three-day Global Investors’ Summit in the twin cities of Srinagar and Jammu. Before the abrogation of Article 370, industrialists from outside the Valley were reluctant to invest in Jammu and Kashmir and soon after the historic decision industrialists, instead of getting land on lease, will have the privilege of owning property in Jammu and Kashmir UT which attracted non-local industrialists to either revive the sick industrial units or start fresh ones in Jammu and Kashmir.
The abrogation of Article 370 has overhauled several aspects like the national security, corruption, newly launched welfare schemes, up-gradation of educational and ailing health sector in the region. The security scenario has changed to a great extent since August 05, last year when a historic decision was taken over the abrogation of Article 370, significantly the decision proved fruitful in maintaining peace and security in the region, 73% decline in incidents of security forces killings in J&K after the nullification of Article 370. The elimination of terrorists has gained pace and most of the top category militants were eliminated by the prompt action of security forces after conducting massive crackdown on their hideouts. The stone pelting incidents has dropped to almost 90 percent in the region which has brought a sigh of relief to the people of Kashmir who lived under constant fear psychosis of being hurt, looted, or witness property damage by the nefarious stone pelter’s. A year after the revocation of Article 370, the Jammu and Kashmir is heading towards new sunrise promising peace, development, and prosperity for all. Apart from various beneficial schemes, the health sector has also witnessed a great transformation with the opening of seven new medical colleges and the doubling of medical seats in just one year after the revocation of Article 370 and bifurcation of erstwhile state into two Union territories of Jammu—Kashmir and Ladakh which raised a new sunrise for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Soon after the historic decision of August, 05, the government introduced the Market Intervention Schemes (MIS) for the horticulture sector in Kashmir. Under the scheme, apple produce was procured and marketed by NAFED, and apple growers received more remuneration for various grades of their fruit. The scheme was launched in September, 2019 just a month after the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of erstwhile state into two Union Territories of Jammu—Kashmir and Ladakh. The introduction of MIS was the foundation stone of development for the Union Territory of Jammu—Kashmir by then Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik. The approval was granted by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Union Ministry of Agriculture, under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. During FY 2019-20 (till January 2020), 18.34 lakh MTs of fresh fruit (apples) have been dispatched. Around 15769.38 MTs of apples valued at Rs. 70.45 crores have been procured, directly from the growers in Kashmir valley through National Agriculture Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) for the first time. The sericulture sector recorded production of 813 MTs of silk cocoon in the year 2019. During the first three quarters of FY 2019-20, handicrafts worth Rs. 688.26 crores were exported.

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