Equitable development of J&K

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Shiv Kumar Padha

In 2014 and 2019 Parliamentary elections, Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party recorded significant win securing absolute majority on both occasions. Inspired by the motto of ‘Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas, Sab Ka Vishwas’ Modi Govt ushered in a paradigm shift in governance that led to inclusive development-oriented and corruption-free governance. The prime Minister has been working with speed and scale to realise the aim of Antyodaya or ensuring last-mile delivery of schemes and services. According to Prime Minister, the benefits of central sponsored schemes and the developmental projects should reach the last man in the queue and should not become a political weapon in the hands of the powerful, influential political leaders to make permanent vote bank.
The bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir State into two separate Union Territories Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh has thrown the flood gates open for the flow of unprecedented central schemes, programmes, policies and projects in school, higher, professional and Health education in both the Uts, with exclusive aim of elimination of the poverty, providing health facilities to every citizen, increasing the avenues and opportunities of employment for the youth besides raising the standards of living of the citizens living there. Beside these programmes and projects, our far sighted and visionary PM has launched number of national level schemes like Ayushman Bharat in the health sector, connectivity, Jal Shakti for potable water for every household, Ujwala, the PMAY, power supply to the 18,000 villages, 1.25 crore houses for homeless, more highways, railways i-ways, waterways and UDAAN scheme aimed for both present and next generations, which are most appreciated not within the country but even at global level.
Much water has flown in the rivers of Jammu & Kashmir before since its bifurcation into two separate UTs, but the planners of these UTs have neither shun or have got rid of traditional habit of framing the biased, partisan and haphazard plans and projects with the result that there is still ‘Wohi Dak Ke Teen Paat’, (The same situation as it was before), owing to the incredibility, unaccountability among the authorities at the helm of affairs and absence of ombudsman in the erstwhile state. The bureaucrats and the politicians had always emphasised upon tailoring the state projects and the developmental programmes in such a way to enable the bureaucrats, concerned departments, contractors and the powerful, influential politicians feather their own nests and which could help paving path for their smooth entry into the LA forever.
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