Jammu, Nov 30:Stating
that Article 370 was “gone forever”, the Union Minister of State (PP), Dr
Jitendra Singh Saturday said that now all Central laws applicable to other
parts of the country will be applicable to the newly created UTs of Jammu and
Kashmir (J&K) and Ladakh.
He said that there are about 854 such laws which are
citizen-friendly and will benefit the common man of J&K and Ladakh, who
were previously deprived of it.
“Now everybody should understand that Article 370 is gone
and gone forever; and not in pieces, but as a whole and it is the determined
resolve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Home Minister Amit Shah,” Dr Singh
He appealed to the people of the UTs not to pay heed to the
fringe elements with vested interests and to cooperate with the Government in
providing welfare to common masses.
Dr Singh was addressing at the inauguration of two-day
Conference on ‘Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat’ with focus on ‘Jal Shakti’ and
‘Disaster Management’ on November 30-December 1, 2019 at Jammu on Saturday.
The conference is being organized by the Department of
Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) in collaboration with
Governments of Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
During the conference, Dr Singh also released the Special
issue of e-Magazine, ‘Minimum Government Maximum Governance’ based on
Successful Innovations in Governance in the Union Territories of Jammu &
Kashmir and Ladakh.
The innovations included – Back to Village: A people’s
programme; Panchayat Polls: IEC campaign for Panchayat elections Amendments in
J&K Panchayati Raj Act, 1989; Project KREDA Kargil, Ladakh; Project Tsangda
Leh: A waste management programme; Power to all: Total household
electrification in J&K state; Project Jalshakti: Reasi; Constituency
Development Fund Management Information system, Budgam; Project Saubhagya Plus,
Ganderbal; Enabling girl child education, Bandipura; Rejuvenating Lost ponds,
Kathua and Enrolment drive in schools and infrastructure improvement with
community support in border areas, Baramulla. He also launched the integration
of CPGRAMS Public Grievance Portal of Government of India and Awaaz-e-Awam
Portal of Jammu & Kashmir.
Dr Singh said that this is the second big conference being
organized by DARPG in a short span of time, the first being organized on
November 15-16, on replication of good governance practices.
He expressed happiness that the first conference had
participation of about 450 delegates from 19 states and 4 UTs and the second
conference has participation from about 350 delegates. He said that the
development model of North Eastern Region will be implemented in these UTs
He also mentioned about the upcoming Panchayat Adalat and
Speaking about the theme of the conference ‘Ek Bharat
Shreshta Bharat’, the Minister said that this is one of the flagship
initiatives at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is going to have
good outcomes for both the UTs. This conference will provide an occasion to
replicate and learn from good initiatives of Tamil Nadu in these UTs,
especially the river management.
Speaking about the disaster management, the Minister said
that earlier the response to disasters used to be reactive, but under the
leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, it has now become proactive.
He added that the focus is now on preventive measures and
minimizing the damage.
“Now, we have a foolproof technology available in India to
mitigate the crisis and we can now forecast disasters very early and inform the
administration in real time,” he further said.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that PM’s focus has been on maximum
use of technology and real time monitoring.
The Minister said that Jal Shakti Abhiyaan is a flagship
programme of the Government and a separate Ministry has been created for it.
He also spoke about the issues related to ShahpurKandi and
the Ujh River projects in J&K.
He further said that this unique bonding of Northern-most
UTs and Southern-most state will carry a message of good governance from
Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
The Minister said that the Government is committed to reach
the last man in the queue in J&K and Ladakh.
He added that these UTs have been created with a lot of
thought and deliberations. All the Central laws including Right to Education,
Right to Minimum Wages, Dowry Prohibition Act and acts related to corruption,
vigilance & welfare of parents will now be implemented in these UTs.
He added that the Government has taken this important
responsibility and will carry it.
During the conference, the Minister for Revenue &
Disaster Management, Government of Tamil Nadu, R.B. Udhayakumar, expressed his
happiness to participate in the regional conference on ‘Ek Bharat-Shresht
Bharat’ with focus on Jal Shakti and Disaster management’ in Jammu.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu
observed that the conference is a great opportunity to share the best practices
from across the country.
Underlining the importance of water conservation and the
sustainability of natural resources, the Lt. Governor emphasized on the need to
take immediate measures to save water and mitigate the crisis of water shortage.
He said that the agricultural scientists should study the cropping pattern to
suit the monsoon and other climatic conditions. It is not only about the
availability of water, but also about the quality of water that we need to
focus on, he stressed.
The Lt. Governor observed that people can prevent several
water borne diseases if they are able to ensure safe drinking water to the
We often take the air and water as a free commodity, but we
rarely think about the changing scenario where quality of both these
indispensables is deteriorating, the Lt. Governor maintained.
The Lt. Governor further said that the Swachh Bharat
Abhiyaan has proved how sanitation can improve the lives of people. Elaborating
on the role of citizens during natural and manmade disasters, he said that the
first responders to any disaster are citizens and their empowerment is the
absolute requirement. He emphasized upon the awareness among citizens through
early warning and SMS service, among others.
He further emphasized on the need to strengthen the capacity
building mechanism, knowledge and information sharing, outlining of Standard
Operating Procedures( SOPs) for all the stake holders and learning from the
past experiences so that a better future could be secured for the people.
The Chief Secretary of J&K, B. V. R. Subrahmanyam
complimented DARPG for organizing this conference. He said that the themes of
the conference are appropriate for J&K. He further said that no region in
the country is as prone to natural disasters as J&K. He quotes incidents of
earth quake of 2005 and floods of 2014 which is due to the unique topography
here, he added.
The Conference is being attended by about 350 delegates from
State Government – District Collectors/District SPs and representatives of Civil
Society, Engineering Departments, Food, CA & Civil Supplies Department,