J&K’s special status ‘major impediment’ in its development: Jitendra Singh

“At national and international level we conduct many summits but a trader invests only after calculating his profit and gain, not by political appeals and statements,” Dr. Singh at an ASSOCHAM event held in Jammu today.

YOGESH SAGOTRA
Jammu, Publish Date: Feb 20 2018 12:33AM | Updated Date: Feb 20 2018 12:33AM
J&K’s special status ‘major impediment’ in its development: Jitendra SinghFile Photo

Dr. Jitendra Singh, minister of state in PMO Monday said that Jammu and Kashmir’s ‘special status’ was creating serious hurdles for flow of investments, and is a major impediment in state’s development.

“At national and international level we conduct many summits but a trader invests only after calculating his profit and gain, not by political appeals and statements,” Dr. Singh at an ASSOCHAM event held in Jammu today.

“To attract investment and business community you should be able to felicitate and provide incentives, but in Jammu and Kashmir instead of incentivizing we are following the practice of disincentives,” he said and added, “People are ready to invest in Jammu and Kashmir but conditions are not favorable for trade”.

Elaborating, he said, “I have committed a sin by getting second AIIMS for Jammu. This sin is for my personal benefit and I did this to justify that I am an elected representative of state with some desire to see election again, despite knowing that this project might end up as ‘sick AIIMS’, as we are not able to provide doctors for it, because good doctors happily serve in nursing homes of Delhi instead of coming to ‘unwelcoming’ state like ours”.

“In J&K we expect, people leave their families and serve us for 30 years and then return back, because we don’t have any provision for their children’s education and their permanent settlement, as we are different people,” Dr Singh sarcastically said and added nobody come to you unless you not offer incentives.

“Despite state subject law, Maharaja Hari Singh felicitated settlement of many talented outsiders in Kashmir and Jammu, there was a special provision for them, that thing needs to be revisited if we really want investments,” he maintained.

“I will not speak much on this, because this topic makes political controversy but you people must think over this,” he said.

North Eastern state’s has tougher situations than Kashmir but people are investing there because government keenly wants development, he said.

“We talk of public private partnership but when we invite someone here, people here termed it as attack on identity and special status,” he said while taking dig at Kashmir centric political parties.

“Last week we opened conciliate of Singapore and Bhutan in Guwahati, is it possible in Jammu and Kashmir? he asked and said, “If same thing we announce for J&K it will turn to be a big political agenda for some people”.

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