Friday 9 August 2019 2:21 AM UTC
NEW DELHI Aug 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his addresses to the nation on the Centre’s decisive decision to end Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split the state into two Union Territories, has said that the mover heralded a new era for Jammu and Kashmir. It will improve the living conditions of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Prime Minister’s special broadcast on national television and radio comes as the state has been paralysed by an unprecedented lockdown to prevent any backlash over the government’s move.
“People of Jammu and Kashmir people and people of Ladakh were deprived of rights. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s dream, BR Ambedkar’s dream, Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s dream, Atal Bihair Vajpayee’s dream, dream of crores of India has been fulfilled. A new era in Jammu and Kashmir has started.
Citizens now have equal rights and responsibilities. I congratulate people of the region and citizens.
Article 370 was harming the people and children of Jammu and Kashmir, it was never discussed. People didn’t even know the benefits that accrued due to Article 370.
Article 370 and Article 35A dragged Jammu and Kashmir towards terrorism, dynasty politics and graft. 42000 people died due to terrorism.
This (Article 370) was being used as tool by Pakistan; nearly 42,000 people died over the last three decades
Earlier, laws made by parliament didn’t benefit 1.5 crore people, Jammu and Kashmir never benefited from the country’s laws.
All central and state government posts would be filled in Jammu and Kashmir. This will lead to employment generation; Private firms would also be encouraged to generate employment opportunities.
Work will accelerate on all projects; connectivity-related projects, projects relating to road and rail.
People who came to India after 1947 couldn’t contest polls in Jammu and Kashmir, they had rights everywhere else in India but in Jammu and Kashmir.
You will continue to have MLAs, continue to have a Cabinet, you will continue to have a Chief Minister in Jammu and Kashmir; We will free Jammu and Kashmir of terrorism.
Jammu and Kashmir will touch new heights of development and attract people from all over the world; Ease of living will go up for people of the region.
There was a time when Kashmir was the preferred location destination for Bollywood movies; When the situation is normal, not just Indians, but people from world over would shoot movies in the region.
The region has the potential to become world’s biggest tourism destination; Filmmaking would provide employment; I urge filmmakers to think about entertainment infrastructure, theaters etc.
In Ladakh, there is a plant known as Solo, which is a boon to those living in high altitudes. It has vast medical properties. Shouldn’t such things be sold worldwide.
There are countless such plants and herbal products are all over the region. They will be identified and marketed, people and farmers would directly benefited.
There are some people who opposed to the government’s move, I respect their opposition (to the decision); it is essential in a democracy
Centre is responding to them (opposition) and we are working to improve things.
I urge them to act in nation’s interest and help the government and nation in creating a new environment in the region.
The government is working to ensure that people aren’t troubled on Eid; the government is even helping those who want to go to Jammu and Kahsmir on Eid”.
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