After abrogation of Article 370 and 35A from erstwhile J&K we are one nation, as a family. Doing away with the system due to which brothers and sisters of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were deprived of many rights and which was a big obstacle to their development was a historic decision taken by Union Government led by Prime Minister Modi said former Deputy Chief Minister & senior BJP leader Kavinder Gupta in a statement. Gupta said there were many socially relevant and development-oriented legislations enacted by parliament, and schemes initiated by the central government, that were not applicable to Jammu and Kashmir due to the debilitating ‘special’ status. Lack of audit scrutiny by the centre led to misuse of funds and corruption. A few families dominated the political spectrum, thus eroding evolution of democratic values in the state. There has been no major upheaval in the state post the reorganisation. The change of status has, in fact, been welcomed by the people.

Gupta said Prime Minister Narendra Modi shall deliver and fulfil his promise of ushering democratic rights and development in J&K and when the agencies feel the conditions conducive for conducting elections; we shall witness an elected Government in the union Territory. The timing will depend on the manner in which political stability finds roots in the region.

In the area of development, the government has already taken many concrete steps to make good its promise. The Government of Jammu and Kashmir, under Lt. Governor’s rule has been in hyper-active mode to bring in projects and initiatives that will place the state at par with the rest of the country in the shortest period of time. In an attempt to eradicate corruption, focus has been laid on empowerment at the grassroots. The Centre has announced a grant of Rs. 366 crore to 4483 Panchayats for their development. The panchayats have been told to recruit 2000 accountants to maintain account books, for which recruitment process has already begun. Jammu and Srinagar will have a state-of-the-art Metro Rail by 2024 the DPR for which has been recently approved by the union Ministry.

Kavinder Gupta said, in the health sector, construction of AIIMS in Awantipora (Kashmir) and Vijaypur (Jammu) is underway. The number of MBBS seats has been increased from 400 to 900. A Cancer Institute is proposed to be built in Srinagar at a cost of Rs 120 crore. All grassroots Health Care Centres are being energised with manpower and equipment.

Prime Minister Modi has a reputation of standing by his word. If he has promised development and political change, he will spare no effort to ensure the same. Gupta appealed the citizens of J&K to give active support and strengthen the hands of PM Modi. There should be no doubt that changes for the better will take place. It is important that people correctly asses the emerging situation and do not fall prey to inimical voices that do not want to see the region prospering.