Massive package to revive JK’s ailing economy in offing, announcement within week: LG Manoj Sinha


Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday said that a committee constitute to suggest a package for the revival of business and other ailing sectors of JK has submitted its report which is under consideration with the government of India and a “big announcement was on cards within a week”.

He also said that a probe is going into the July 18 Amshipora, Shopain gunfight at two separate levels—administration and army—and the administration led by him will ensure there is no injustice.

While addressing a press conference at Rajbhawan here, the JK LG said that it is not that the business of JK has suffered for the past one year or so but the fact remains that since past 15 or 20 years, every sector has suffered losses.

“Yes, there was a committee constituted to suggest a package. The committee has submitted its report which is under consideration with the Government of India and I think within a week’s time, there is going to be a major announcement about a big package,” the LG Sinha said while replying to a query.

He said that the package would perhaps be the first ever and would not just cover the ailing business sector but other sectors that have suffered in JK so far.

To a query about July 18, Amshipora, Shopian where three youth from Rajouri were allegedly killed in a stage managed encounter, the LG said that the probe by the administration and the army is underway. “I will ensure that there is no injustice,” the LG said.

He also said that the administration led by him will look into the issue of frequent traffic jams on highways due to huge convoy movement of government forces especially army and the CRPF. “Give me some time, I will talk to you (media men) on this issue,” he said.

The LG Sinha also said that there will be public Darbar at divisional and sub-divisional levels across the JK UT on every Wednesday where Divisional Commissioners and DC’s will listen to the grievances of people and ensure timely redressal. “This will be on rotational basis like first week Divisional Commissioners will attend Darbars at divisional level and on the next Wednesday they will remain present at sub-divisional level.

This process will be monitored for three months after which we will take it to block level as well,” he said.

The JK LG also said that Back to Village Program—3 will commence from October 2, the Gandhi Jayanti. “Before that, I would like to announce here that every Panchayat halqa will get Rs 10 lakh for the various developmental works.

The officers from the administration will only facilitate the works and rest everything will be done by the panchayat members themselves. The aim is to make every village in J&K a model village,” he said—(KNO)