How Modi government is planning to deliver development and ease of living in the newly created union territories
When Modi government announced scrapping of Article 370, the one thing it promised was to bring ‘Vikaas’ to the depraved state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Now a month after announcing the revocation of Article 370 and 35-A in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre has prepared a roadmap for the development of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh union territories. The scheme ranges from employment opportunities to reduced power tariffs to educational institutions.
The Modi government has formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) to prepare a blueprint of development in Jammu and Kashmir. Sources say the GoM has already met twice to discuss the development of Kashmir and its youth.
Around 10 Union ministries have joined hands to speed up development work in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, which will come into existence as union territories on October 31.
Ravi Shankar Prasad’s Law Ministry and Information Technology Ministry, Thawar Chand Gehlot’s Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, Narendra Tomar’s Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Ministry and Ministry of Rural Development along with Dharmendra Pradhan’s Petroleum & Natural Gas Ministry and Steel Ministry has been asked to prepare a proposal on how each of these departments can contribute towards J&K’s development. And they are expected to submit the proposal before October 31st.
As a starter, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region(DoNER) have sent a team to the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh to explore opportunities where it can invest human resource and money for the development. The Minority Welfare and Culture Ministries too had sent their teams to the new UTs earlier.
- At least three to five Public Sector Units (PSU) have been identified to invest in these two Union terrirories. It is unclear which these PSUs are, but government sources have said that the jobs generated will go to the locals.
- Tax Holiday is another option through which the Modi government will extend GST relaxation to new businesses that will open in the Valley.
- To tackle the unemployment which is one of the core issues, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is likely to announce one new battalion in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Force (BSF) soon.
As per the government sources, There is a huge rush for the government and paramilitary jobs. Even at the peak of militancy, 3,000 applications for vacant posts at SPO have been received.
The recent recruitment drive by the Army also saw a huge number of applicants participation.
The MHA also planning to extend extensive to police personnel to the newly created UT’s, extended benefit to the government employees of J&K and the 7th Pay Commission allowance to employees of newly created UT’s.
Government believes that once the a constant stable income makes their way, people will realised the benefit of Abolishment of Article 370.
- The Indian Army has already begun recruitment in the Chenab Valley. The recruitment can go up to as much as 31,000 in the entire J&K.
- The Ministry of Power is aiming to reduce power cuts and reduction in power tariff. One of the major civilian complaints especially during the winter season is on frequent power cuts.
With renewable energy a key objective of the Modi government, their Kashmir outreach cannot ignore it. The government will set up solar power plants at Leh at the newly-created Union Territory of Ladakh. The idea is to harness the ample availability of sunlight in the area, which is also optimum since it is above cloud formation level, and hence sunlight is freely available in Ladakh, at least in the summer.
- The health ministry is identifying reputed health institutions and persuading them to open establishment in the new union territories.
- The Human Resource Development Ministry, which is supervised by Ramesh Pokhriyal, has decided to open new schools and colleges to promote technical education in the regions.
- The aim of the tourism ministry is to conceptualise the potential of tourism in Ladakh and J&K.
- To give export orientation in products, the ministry of food processing is planning to attract private investments in the industry.
By the collective study of these ministries and blue print prepared by their committee will be ready before the union terrorities officially come to existence.
And Modi government is investing all its interest to achieve commendable success in Mission Kashmir. Once these plan rolls out, the quality of life improves. And if all these policies gets implimented,
The union territories Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh are sure to see ‘Acche Din’
Dr Sindhu Prashanth