J&K to witness massive infra development across all sectors in next one year: LG

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JAMMU: The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is going to see massive infrastructural development across all sectors in the next one year. Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha made this remark on Wednesday while speaking at Zee Salaam’s special programme “Naya Savera”.
Speaking on a host of issues with Zee Salam’s editor, Deepak Tiwari, the Lt Governor outlined the goal of establishing a responsive, citizen-centric administrative setup and accentuating the infrastructure across all sectors in the UT with special focus on connectivity, health and education sectors.
The Lt Governor spoke on the length and breadth of the government’s initiatives for bringing development and prosperity in the UT and observed that the highest ever budget is envisaged for Jammu and Kashmir to make the UT a model of Development.

Assures Single Window Clearance, security, world-class facilities to film-makers in J&K

JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Wednesday assured Single Window Clearance, security and world-class facilities to the film-makers coming to the UT, saying the government has developed one of the finest film policies, which will revive J&K’s incredible glory in Indian cinema.
“We want J&K to emerge as a hub for filmmaking”, the Lt Governor said while releasing renowned singer Jubin Nautiyal’s music album ‘Tujhe Bhoolna Toh Chaha’ at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium, University of Jammu, adding that the UT administration has recognized film as an industry to facilitate the film-makers and encourage the local talent, besides providing more livelihood opportunities to the youth.
Made under the banner of T-Series and filmed in the picturesque settings of Kashmir valley, the song also features Abhishek Singh, an IAS and actor, and daughter of the soil, Samreen Kaur.
The Lt Governor termed the occasion as yet another milestone in the direction of making J&K- a preferred shooting destination for the film-makers.
The aesthetic beauty of J&K has been beautifully captured through the song. It also marks the revival of J&K’s halcyon days of being a cinematographer’s delight, he added.
The Lt Governor observed that J&K has always been a famous film-shooting destination. The golden era is back and many filmmakers are ready to shoot their movies, web series and music albums in the UT.
J&K Government is all set to welcome the film-makers from all over the world again. We want to bring back the 1980s era to the film industry in J&K, and make Union Territory the most favourite destination of filmmakers worldwide, said the Lt Governor.
The coming of number of famous film personalities like Imtiaz Ali, Irshad Kamil, Madhur Bhandarkar, Siddharth Roy Kapur and other big names and production houses to the UT in the last few months has once again deepened the connect between J&K and the film industry, added the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor observed that Betaab valley in Pahalgam gained prominence worldwide due to the shooting of a film there. Film-shooting will not only develop the tourism sector, but will also give fillip to the socio economic development of the region, besides opening up more avenues and opportunities for the local youth, artists and technicians, he maintained.
Recalling his interaction with prominent film personalities during his visit to Mumbai, the Lt Governor observed that the film industry is ready to capture the pristine beauty, breath-taking natural settings and serene valleys of J&K, and showcase it on the silver screen.
Once again, the natural beauty and untapped potential of J&K will be put up in the canvas of cinema worldwide. Work is underway to develop Film city, Film Training Institute, production house and National School of Drama’s regional campus in the UT in coming days, the Lt Governor maintained.
The Lt Governor expressed his gratitude towards the Prime Minister for encouraging the film-makers from across the country to shoot their films in J&K. He also thanked the Prime Minister for allocation of Rs 786 crore for promotion of tourism in J&K, which is Rs 509 crore more as compared to the previous year.
The Lt Governor also felicitated the artists of the music album on the occasion and asked the youth to take inspiration from them and follow their own passion. He congratulated the entire team and wished them high success.
Sharing his experiences, Jubin Nautiyal called J&K- the most beautiful place in the world. He urged the filmmakers from across the world to come to J&K and experience its beauty.
Abhishek Singh, IAS, who is the leading actor of the newly released song, expressed his gratitude towards the J&K Government for the support provided during the filming and promotion of the song.
Prof. Manoj Kumar Dhar, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu, in his address highlighted the measures taken by the University for promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and skill development.
Live performances by Jubin Nautiyal and Abhishek Singh, supported by the artists of Saptak music band, received a standing ovation from the audience.
Jubin Nautiyal infused the patriotic spirit in the celebrations of Azaadi ka Amrut Mahotsav by singing a patriotic song.
Local artists and students of Jammu University performing during the Duggar Cultural Bonanza enthralled the audiences.
Pertinently, Manoj Muntashir has written the lyrics, Rochak Kohli gave the music and Ashish Panda has directed the song ‘Tujhe Bhoolna Toh Chaha’.
Prominent among others present on the occasion were Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lt Governor; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor; Mukesh Singh and M.K Sinha- ADGPs; Prof. Ashok Aima, Vice Chancellor, Central University Jammu; Prof. Bechan Lal, Vice-Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu; Sanjeev Verma, Commissioner/Secretary to the Government Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment; Ramesh Kumar, CEO, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board; Dr. Raghav Langer, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, senior officers , faculty members of Jammu University, scores of students attended the launching event.
Pt Sunil Bharala, MoS, UP and Justice AR Masoodi were also present on the occasion.

At Rs 1,08,621 crore, the budget surpasses all previous allocations and 37% of the earmarked Budget to be spent on development and infrastructure projects, the Lt Governor maintained.
For revamping the power sector in J&K, short term , medium term and long term measures are being taken and in the coming two years J&K will get quality power supply round the clock, said the Lt Governor.
Regarding the development of the Education and Health sector, the Lt Governor observed that the health facilities in the UT have seen significant improvement. Seven new medical colleges and hospitals, two AIIMS, two Cancer Institutes, Bone Institutes and Child hospitals are being established in Jammu and Kashmir. Under the New Industrial Development Scheme, a provision of Medicity and Educity is also kept for providing better medical facilities through private hospitals, he added.
The Lt Governor remarked that Jammu and Kashmir is the only region in our country which has IIT, IIM, two AIIMS and two Central Universities. Task force has been made to implement the New Education Policy. For revamping school education and promoting vocational courses, 607 vocational labs have been set up in schools across the UT. There has been a significant increase in the number of enrollment in government run schools and higher education institutes, the Lt Governor said.
People of J&K are talented and have huge potential. They lacked platforms, which are now being made available to them. Keeping in view the developmental aspirations of the people of J&K and for providing smart transportation, Metro projects in Jammu and Srinagar cities will be completed in three years. Two IT towers, each in Jammu and Srinagar would come up in the next 16 months to develop the Information technology sector and to provide platforms to the young technological talents of the UT enabling them to work in the field of Artificial intelligence, Robotics, 3D printing, etc. We are also focusing on establishing facilities like data centres which are significant to meet modern times requirements, the Lt Governor maintained.
On the significance of public participation in the governance process, the Lt Governor said that dedicated efforts have been made to put a mechanism in place so that people of J&K can have their say in the developmental process.
Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Senior Superintendents of Police have been asked to meet the public regularly. Block Diwas are being organised every Wednesday to resolve the general issues of the people.
The UT Government has initiated a new programme “Awaam ki Baat” which aims at strengthening the concept of public participation. “More than 200 people have written to me and this number will increase in future. Suggestions from the people will help us in decision making and formulation of policies for the welfare of the public”, added the Lt Governor.
Underscoring the measures taken by the Government for empowering grass root democratic setup, the Lt Governor said that after the DDC and BDC elections, every district has been allocated funds to the tune of Rs. 10 crore so that the public representatives can meet the developmental needs of their respective areas.
On the question of addressing the issue of unemployment, the Lt Governor said that dedicated focus has been given to develop the culture of entrepreneurship in the UT. He informed that during the Back to Village program, visiting officers were directed to identify two young people from every panchayat willing to start their own business with the help of easy loan facility through J&K bank. “Around 20 thousand youth against the initial estimated 9 thousand youth from all the Panchayats across J&K have been provided with financial assistance ranging from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs.10 lakh to start their enterprises” the Lt Governor added.
Replying to the question on establishing Dry Ports, Custom Clearance facilities and setting the target of Rs 5000 crore export, the Lt Governor said that all these steps are taken to give a boost to the Industrial sector in J&K. He further said that with the coming of the New Industry Development Scheme of Rs. 28,400 crore and long term incentives under the scheme, the Industry sector of the UT will see significant growth in the coming days.
Regarding setting up of e-office to reduce the burden on state exchequer and removing the risk of losing files and property, the Lt Governor said that the e-office shall be implemented across the government offices to streamline the file flow and reduce the record carriage burden of Darbar Move.
Later, the Lt Governor also felicitated young achievers in their respective fields on the occasion.