63 Major Development projects Underway In Kashmir : Minister

NEW DELHI || Under the Rs 80,068 crores Prime Minister’s package announced on November 2015, 63 major development projects in road, power, health, tourism, agriculture, horticulture and skill development sectors are already under various stage of implementation, union minister Piyush Goyal has informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

In addition to the above steps, many flagship schemes of the Government of India including the individual beneficiary centric schemes are being proactively implemented by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.

Traders of the valley have dispatched their crops and fruits from residential premises and other suitable locations and up to 21.11.2019, 13.03 LMTs of fresh fruit have been dispatched to various mandi’s in the country. Further, the Government of India has launched the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for the procurement of apple crops from the growers through the National Agriculture Marketing Federation of India Ltd.

(NAFED) directly from the growers at five collection centres in the valley and up to 21.11.2019, 9932 MT’s in addition to above, valued at Rs 42.98 crore, have been procured directly from the growers, as an option to ensure procurement of apple crop at remunerative prices to benefit the growers. Provision has been made to ensure further procurement.

The people of Jammu and Kashmir have suffered from terrorist violence and separatism supported from across the border for the past many decades. On account of Article 35A and certain other constitutional provisions, the people of this region were denied full rights enshrined in the Constitution of India and the benefits of various Central Laws that were being enjoyed by other citizens of the country. As a result, the full economic potential of the region could not be realised by the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions for the last 70 years.

After the Declaration issued by the President under article 370, based on the recommendations of the Parliament and re-organization of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir into Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh, all such aspects have been addressed and the people of Jammu and Kashmir can now realise full potential in all sectors of the economy like in other parts of the country.

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