Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh highlighting a major shift that has been observed in the last four months in view of the security scenario of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, said that that there has been a decrease in the number of stone pelting incidents. Also, there is a decline in the rate of militant recruitment in the State.
During a day-long visit to the state, he chaired the security review meeting on the security situation in the state and also met the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Satyapal Malik. He also met a number of delegations across the political spectrum and appealed them to ensure maximum participation in the upcoming Panchayat elections to strengthen the grassroot democratic setup and to ensure accountability.
He congratulated the State government for successfully conducting the Urban Local Body elections in a free and fair manner without any untoward incidents of violence during polls across the state. He recalled that local bodies are also being vested with significantly enhanced devolution of powers in line with best practices in the country. This will enable them to address most of the local issues in their jurisdictions, he added.
Appealing the masses to come forward, he said that the democratic way is the only solution by which we can mitigate big problems and resolve serious issues. He talked about the special employment initiatives that are being worked upon by the central government through which 2.5 lakh youth will get employment.
Union Home Minister deplored that though presently India is recognized as world’s fastest growing economy, certain anti-national powers are attempting to create hurdles in order to destabilize the country. Jammu and Kashmir is yet to catch the development bandwagon. He assured that the Central and State governments are working hard towards development of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions.
To curb the problem of rampant corruption in the state, a major initiative will be announced shortly. He also said that road connectivity will be taken up for Kargil, Dras, Gurez and Keran. DPRs has been sought for the same.