Lucknow: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday said that all the rights enshrined in the constitution were being extended to the citizens of J&K and that J&K was now moving towards becoming a strong pillar of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat.
An official spokesman in a statement issued here said that addressing a commemoration event for the upcoming birth anniversary of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya organised by Mahamana Malaviya Mission, Lucknow, the LG while talking about the present situation and development scenario of J&K said that after August 2019, all constitutional rights had been extended to 1.25 crore people of J&K in its truest sense.
He said that for decades the Valmiki community, tribals, Gorkhas, daughters of J&K, West Pakistani refugees, and backward classes were treated as second-class citizens in J&K.
“Such rules were made that a sweeper's son and daughter can only become a sweeper. The talents of the poor were stifled with manufactured restrictions,” the LG said.
Referring to various discriminatory laws and provisions being run in J&K, he said that now all those laws of discrimination had been abolished.
“Tribal population has been provided due rights under the Forest Rights Act. Three-tier Panchayati Raj system has been implemented for the first time in J&K and elections were conducted in the fairest and transparent manner,” the LG said.
He said that with decisions taken in the last two years under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, top priority was being given to the equitable and holistic development of all sections and the areas which were kept backward since independence had been included in the mainstream development.
“The policies that have been implemented on the ground after 2019 have brought social justice to all sections for the first time since independence,” he said.
Underlining that everyone was being provided opportunities to lead a better life irrespective of religion, caste, and class, the LG said that countless schemes had been started for the youth in the economic, social, and educational fields, and a host of opportunities had been created for women to become independent and successful.
He said that mechanisation and reforms were done in J&K’s agriculture and horticulture sector in the last two years had resulted in a substantial increase in the monthly income of the farmers, much higher than the national average.
The LG said that it was due to transparent, responsive, corruption-free, and accountable administration that the common man was feeling connected with the journey of development and prosperity in J&K. “Now every penny that is spent for development is accounted for and the details of every project are kept in the public domain,” he said.
The LG said that J&K had taken great strides in the past two years in the health, tourism, and industrial sectors.