While the Elected governing bodies and Kashmiris have been working to serve their people, Central Government
has been going on express mode, to get Kashmir and Kashmiris back on track of development.
With the view of uplifting the youth’s future, on 14 April 21 With the allocation
of Rs 1,873 crore for the school and higher education sector in J&K in its 2021-22 budget, the Government is set to give a major boost to the infrastructural projects in the education sector. Ten-degree college buildings shall be completed at Banihal,
Kupwara, Gool, Khilotran, Mahore, Kalakote, Hadipora, Singpora (Pattan) Villgam (Kupwara), and Paddar (Kishtwar).
Once India comes out of the Coronavirus induces lockdown, and the economy
shall get moving, Kashmir needs to flex its economic muscles. Hence the road connectivity is being given much-needed impetus. Under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) for the year 2021-22, the construction of new roads is likely to connect the new 150
habitations across the state with basic road facilities. The government has set a target to complete work on sixteen bridges. To improve the road connectivity and construction of bridges, the J&K government has also allocated Rs 4,089 crore as an annual
budget during 2021-22 for the road and bridges sector of J&K.
A new facility has been constructed in Srinagar, having a parking capacity of 80 buses, 1312 cars, and 177 two-wheelers;
239 shops & dedicated space for restaurants & food courts. It shall be world-class, the moment foreign tourists start flocking the Paradise.
The local cottage industry is being
supported in an unprecedented manner, wherein the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has approved a new Credit Card Scheme for providing a loan to Artisans/Weavers with interest subvention of 7% for five years. Something to overcome the slowdown and loss of income
to Kashmiri artisans.
In addition, MoU has been signed under the ‘Samarth Programme’ to promote the online sale of genuine Handloom and Handicrafts products directly by Artisans/Weavers.
What is in striking contrast to PoK and even the rest of Pakistan, is the fact that local culture is being destroyed, to give way to radicalization. Locals there cannot express their culture and
their own flavor of existence. Hence, the slowdown due to COVID is not being targeted, hoping the local industry dies in Gilgit Baltistan, ready to be replaced with Chinese Cheap goods.
in all, what is strikingly wicked, is the irony that whereas Kashmiris in India have their business thriving, whereas Chinese cheap goods are being promoted in this pandemic, where all revenue is not even going in Pakistani coffers, but in the state-owned
banks in China, with paltry kickbacks going in offshore accounts of Pakistan Army Generals.
While Kashmiris in India celebrate democracy and have the power of governance in their hands,
how long it shall be, that Kashmiri, Gilgit, and Baltistan brethren in PoK continue to be subjugated by Pakistan and China. Hopefully, they are liberated before they are vanquished by the evil combine of the latter.
19 June 21/Saturday
Written By : Fayaz