Union Ministers report
Now that the 30 Union Ministers who visited Jammu and Kashmir last month, have submitted their feedback to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the implementation of various development schemes here after the abrogation of Article 370, the move has generated an approbation among the people who were promised development, investment and opportunities.
As many as 37 central ministers visited Jammu and Kashmir to assess the ground situation and interact with people on various development schemes. Over 30 of them have submitted their reports to the Home Ministry and those were forwarded to the PMO.
The reports were primarily on how the welfare schemes were being implemented and the issues on which the Centre and the Union territory administration should focus on for optimum results. The reports were given in a proforma so that action could be taken on the basis of the feedback.
Notably,the central ministers visited Jammu and Kashmir following a directive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wanted an honest assessment of the various welfare schemes being implemented in the newly-created Union territory.
The ministers only spoke about the development initiatives and after interacting with the locals, they got first-hand information about the roads, healthcare facilities, power situation, functioning of academic institutions etc. in the Union territory.
The ministers have provided two sets of feedback — one on the initiatives taken by the UT administration and the other on the Centre’s initiatives. Though the feedback is being viewed as comprehensive as most of the central ministers stayed overnight at their respective places of visit.
The minister’s visit was also played as a precursor to the massive developmental push in Jammu and Kashmir and the feedback provided by the visiting ministers can play a vital role in kick starting what was promised to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The region is witnessing massive unemployment besides a vacuum on the development front which includes key development areas like connectivity, industries and well organized agricultural and horticultural activities.
All these have been promised by the Prime Minister in August last year when the Centre abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated it into Union territories.
The Article 370 was undisputedly noted to have proved a stumbling block in making Jammu and Kashmir as one of the developed regions and now that the article stands buried the new wave of development should knock on the doors of the people who have been left out of the development era.
Since the promises of development have been made at international forums as well all eys are fixed on the moves and initiatives the government will be taking vis-à-vis Jammu and Kashmir.